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Sperm-sniffing police dog snags rapist

Sperm-sniffing police dog snags rapist

Published: 16 Jul 2011 13:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Jul 2011 13:46 GMT+02:00

A 23-year-old man has been charged with rape in Karlskrona, after Rapports Opus, southern Sweden's only police dog specialised in sniffing sperm, caught a whiff of his case.

The charges against the man state that in the beginning of June he threatened and physically forced a woman to perform oral sex on him in a Karlskrona park, reported regional newspaper Sydöstran.

The evidence against him is heavy.

On top of a medical certificate testifying to bodily damage, witnesses who've spoken with both the victim and the accused, as well as a witness who overheard the act, the prosecutor has one more ace up his sleeve in the form of the sperm-sniffing police dog's forensic investigation.

The dog found traces of semen at the scene of the crime and after being sent for analysis these were found to match the 23-year-old's DNA.

"The technical evidence is very good," concluded prosecutor Mårten Alvinsson, who spoke to Sydöstran.

Rapports Opus underwent a year's training in order to reach his exalted position as the sole sperm-sniffing dog of the region.

"He's the only dog in southern Sweden specialised in tracking sperm," said B-G Carlsson, the police officer who trained the dog, to Sydöstran.

Carlsson will be testifying in the trial against the 23-year-old. This marks the first time evidence from Rapports Opus sperm-sniffing abilities is used in court, as he only graduated from the dog academy in August 2010.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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15:00 July 16, 2011 by stillwatersrd
The training process must have been interesting...and hilarious.

There are some many possible one-liners in this story, it's like waving a red cape in front of Swedesmith.
15:08 July 16, 2011 by jacquelinee
That is the best ever. Good for the dog and hahahahahahazon the rapist.
15:12 July 16, 2011 by Swedesmith
I'm thinking, I'm thinking.....I'm sure something will come to me.
15:18 July 16, 2011 by unseen
this dog is rocking

@stillwatersrd,

i was thinking the same exact thing while reading!!! how much sperm did it take to get the dog this good?
15:28 July 16, 2011 by Norrlands Turk
and you have been thinking that your job is crappy?!
15:36 July 16, 2011 by Alfred Nevada
What a revolting development!
15:37 July 16, 2011 by fridlystamia
A trained sperm-sniffing dog. Come again?
17:19 July 16, 2011 by byke
After being apprehended by the dog after a struggle in the mud, the suspect decided to cum clean.
17:59 July 16, 2011 by JulieLou40
Sperm sniffing-dog? I didn't know Ulrika Jonsson was involved.
21:24 July 16, 2011 by wxman
Just a minute, "a witness who overheard the act"? What did they hear, gurgling and gagging sounds? Why didn't they try to stop it?
00:03 July 17, 2011 by alloallo
news: 12 year-old girl raped in Stockholm

Looks like another job for Opus
01:16 July 17, 2011 by muscle
I wonder if he had been caught while doing similar activity somewhere else...imagine the expressions on the guy "oh damn why the hell is a dog sniffing there!!!!" hahahaha
11:24 July 17, 2011 by ccb
Although in Swedish sperm and semen have the same word. In English they are totally different things, and the dog must be a semen sniffing dog and not a sperm sniffing dog since sperm are microscopic flagellum propelled cells while it is the semen in which they swim that possesses a characteristic odour.
12:02 July 17, 2011 by johnny1939
Me thinks this is animal abuse!!!!
13:53 July 17, 2011 by BobBob
What did you do at work today, Opus? - "Oh just caught a load of w**kers".
18:07 July 17, 2011 by Englishted
Does he have a stiff nose ?
18:33 July 17, 2011 by BobBob
Englishted: "Does he have a stiff nose?"

No, but his ears are pricked up!
20:51 July 17, 2011 by DAVID T
That dog is my ex wife
22:55 July 17, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Sperm sniffer dogs...sounds like a fusion between Orwellianism and femo nazism....
23:35 July 17, 2011 by Arturio
Tomorrow I am going to make a donation at the sperm bank, I hope not to be tracked by one of these animals
09:51 July 18, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
Didnt know sperms can smell differently, i always thought its the pu$$y.

And in the court they tasted it to double check and damn that dog was right.
15:46 July 18, 2011 by muscle
umm if the dog is a male, I wonder what his bitch would be calling him "hmmm so you guys huh?"
03:53 July 19, 2011 by Alfred Nevada
I wonder if that dog can detect sperm whales too?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Just kidding!

;-)
16:21 July 22, 2011 by Observant
Evidence obtained from a Police Dog is, unfortunately, usually considered unreliable in a court of law. The Prosecutor should know this and if he wants the "rapist" convicted then he SHOULD use other conventional methods of evidence. This is Europe and not the United States of America where the killing of a Police Dog is considered as Murder! I totally agree with this but it would not work in Europe at the present time
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