Teacher jailed for sex with pupil

A 30-year-old Stockholm teacher has been convicted of sexual abuse after being found to have had sex with a 14-year-old pupil.

The teacher met the girl at a high school on the island of Lidingö. The girl said that she saw the teacher as somebody to look up to, an adult who listened to her problems, Aftonbladet reports.

But the teacher, who was engaged to be married at the time, soon fell in love with his pupil. After a while they began meeting regularly.

On one occasion, they agreed to meet on a Saturday at a science lab at the school. There the teacher laid out two mattresses, placing a red feather on one of the pillows. He also took photographs of the girl wearing very little clothing.

The teacher claimed that they did not have sex until his pupil was fifteen and had reached the age of majority under Swedish law.

But the girl countered that she was in fact fourteen when they began having sex.

The district court found the teacher guilty and sentenced him to six months in jail. He was also ordered to pay the girl damages of 60,000 kronor ($9,350).

The teacher resigned from his job at the school immediately after his arrest.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime