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Politician surfed for porn on office computer

Published: 22 Nov 2011 16:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2011 16:34 GMT+01:00

Until last week, Per Asklund of the Moderate Party served as the chair of the local council in Laholm in western Sweden.

But Asklund, 59, chose to leave politics after being charged with illegally purchasing sexual services from a 32-year-old woman following the unmasking of a suspected prostitution ring in central Halmstad.

“I can't take it anymore,” he told the local Hallandsposten newspaper on Thursday, two days after the scandal broke.

Asklund was among six men charged with purchasing sex from a prostitution ring allegedly run out of the apartment of a 47-year-old man who is now facing pimping charges.

According to the indictment, the 47-year-old arranged for two women to meet paying customers in his flat.

In addition to the six men charged for buying sex, an additional ten men are suspected of the same crime.

While Asklund has denied purchasing sex, an examination of his office computer by the municipality's IT department revealed that the politician spent a fair amount of his working day visiting pornographic websites and sites offering escort services.

According to the investigation, carried out at the behest of Hallandsposten, Asklund visited “thousands” of the sites from his computer at his municipality office.

He then allegedly tried to hide his tracks by reformatting the computer's hard drive.

Currently, the municipality has no policy explicitly forbidding employees from visiting pornographic websites from their work computers.

However, users of computers at the public library are obliged to sign a document promising not to do so.

In an interview last week with the Aftonbladet newspaper, Asklund denied having committed any crime.

“I didn't purchase sex,” he said.

Speaking with police, however, Asklund did admit to meeting the woman and placing 1,200 kronor ($176) on the table.

“She asked me to get undressed and I took off all my clothes. She then undressed until she was only in her underwear,” he told police, according to Aftonbladet.

Asklund said he got in touch with the woman through her website, on which she offered Tantric massage with a "happy ending", but was unable to explain what happened to the money he put on the table.

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17:01 November 22, 2011 by Frank Arbach
What a troglodyte!

You'd have thought he would have amended his 'natural urges' once he took on a position of responsibility
17:14 November 22, 2011 by Svensksmith
At least he wasn't doing something to cause any damage...like passing useless laws.
17:36 November 22, 2011 by bcarroll
People look at porn on office computers all of the time. Should they? Probably not. That's something to do on your own time, if you like porn. But... big deal! So, he's human and likes porn. He should not waste government resources, though.
18:08 November 22, 2011 by RobinHood
Yesterday there was a ceremony for the thousands of children in state care abandoned by politicians to sexual and other types of abuse over a period of 60 years. As far as I am aware not a single person has been held to account.

Are we now expected to be outraged because a politician has looked at some porn on his work laptop?
18:33 November 22, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Tantric massage with a "happy ending"

Sounds innocent to me. LOL
19:43 November 22, 2011 by Great Scott
@Svensksmith

But it is his party that makes the useless laws!
22:04 November 22, 2011 by muscle
I remember, i read some new 2 years back i think, a court of some country allowed a lady to masturbate in office time after every 15 minutes because the lady said she had some disease and thats why she does that.

Perhaps this guy over here has some disease like that lady >)
01:06 November 23, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
I just love to hear "normal" politicians in office explaining their natural wants, that we all share with them and that naturally, we also do during working hours.

I mean what is so bad about computer sexual exploration during working hours, and getting paid to do so?

Will there ever be a time when politicians devote ALL their time to the benefit of the people who trust them to do the right thing?

Nah!
07:13 November 23, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
... A tad cynical the last poster, what?

After all, many many politicians have the attitude 'Do as I say - Not as I do'

Lol!
10:18 November 23, 2011 by DAVID T
He gets my vote
10:47 November 23, 2011 by Lukestar1991
What a fuc**** loser.
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