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Kissing man arrested in southern Sweden

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16:17 CET+01:00
The so-called kiss man that has showered unwanted attention on women in the southern Swedish town of Lund has been arrested, police confirmed on Saturday.

The man stands accused of having molested 17 women, 14 in Lund and three in Malmö.

The man's modus operandi was identical in all of the attacks, according to local newspaper Skånska Dagbladet.

He approached the women to ask for road directions, or alternatively advice on which present he should buy his 10-year-old cousin or niece. When the women replied he then proceeded to give them a hearty hug, kiss them on the cheek and moan in their ear.

The attacks occurred in March and April 2008 and then the "kiss man" went off the radar.

Lund University's security department was then able to solve the mystery when the man resumed his public displays of unwanted affection in January and February of this year.

Police were able to apprehend the man when university library staff identified him as he attempted to borrow some books.

The man was arrested and three Lund women have positively identified their attacker in a police identification parade. The man was remanded into custody on Friday.

The over-zealous Romeo has been identified as an exchange student and in his defence has offered the explanation that in his culture it is natural to kiss women on the cheek.

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