Teacher taped young boy’s mouth shut

A pre-school teacher in Sweden has been reported to police for taping a six-year-old’s mouth shut after he refused to be quiet.

When the boy wouldn’t quiet down during a gathering of his classmates, the teacher took him out of the room.

“When they were in the kitchen the teacher asked him if he understood that he had done something wrong by not being quiet. He answered, ‘You be quiet yourself’ and it was then she put a piece of tape over his mouth,” the boy’s mother told the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper.

The boy’s parents reported the two pre-school teachers from Höganäs municipality in western Sweden involved in the incident to police.

For now, the police have classified the matter as assault, but because it involves a small, defenseless boy, it may be changed to serious assault, according to Christer Wingren, who is leading the police’s investigation.

The teachers contend the whole matter was a joke. The school, however, views the matter seriously and has called a meeting of everyone involved in the incident.


Swedish daycare worker jailed for child sex abuse

A Swedish court on Friday sentenced a male daycare (dagis) worker to six and a half years in prison for four cases of rape and 20 cases of sexual assault against toddlers aged one to three in his charge.

Swedish daycare worker jailed for child sex abuse
The assaults took place at eight of the daycares where the man worked from March 2014 until June 2015. Photo: Victor Lundberg / TT

The 40-year-old man, who worked at 40 different daycares in the southern municipality of Kristianstad as a temp agency employee, pleaded guilty to the charges, a statement from the Kristianstad district court said.

The assaults took place at eight of the daycares where he worked from March 2014 until June 2015.

“The man sexually abused several girls during diaper changes. The girls were between one and three years old. The 40-year-old, documented the abuses himself with his mobile phone camera,” the court said.

“The crimes are considered aggravated because of the way he carried them out, the fact that he abused his position as a child minder, and that he abused the trust he enjoyed,” it added.

“Crimes like these are very rare,” court spokesman Markus Nilsson told the AFP news agency.

The defendant also found guilty of one charge of abusive photography and one case of aggravated child pornography for documenting the abuses and saving the photographs on his computer.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, was caught in July when he sexually abused a young girl at a theme park where he was employed.

During police interrogation he came clean about the daycare assaults and rapes.

He risked a maximum sentence of seven-and-a-half years behind bars but was given a year less than the maximum because he had collaborated with the police investigation.

The court also ordered the man to pay damages totalling 1.6 million kronor ($188,000) to his victims.