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Swedish charity: ‘Child sex offenders are often teenagers’

A trainee suspected of sexually abusing three pre-school children in Värmland is 14-years-old. Almost a third of all child abuses cases in Sweden involve teenager perpetrators, according to a children's charity.

“14-year-olds are the largest group among young sexual offenders,” said Börje Svensson, a psychologist at Save the Children Sweden, to local newspaper Värmlands Folkblad.

30 percent of all reported cases of the sexual abuse of children are committed by teenagers up to 18-years-old. 14-year-old’s form the largest group.

“I think that it is because 13-14-year-old children are in the midst of puberty at the same time as their judgement is at its most poor,” said Svensson, who has extensive experience of young sex offenders and their victims.

Svensson tells Värmlands Folkblad that ‘normal’ guys in this age handle this stage with their gang of friends by, for example, bellowing sexual swear words.

“But there are also those for various reasons do not have a gang of friends with whom they can process this.”

A psychologist has been recruited to help the pre-school work through the incident.

The 14-year-old in question is the subject of a police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse equating to the rape of three five-year-old girls at the pre-school.

No further comment has been made by the kindergarten, the local council or the police in the case.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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