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Wife's pregnancy blamed for prostitute visit

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11:29 CET+01:00
A high-ranking manager at a Swedish state-owned company has admitted he paid for sex with a prostitute because he hadn't had sex with his pregnant wife for five months.

“I'm very, very regretful,” the 39-year-old manager told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The incident took place in March 2008 at a Stockholm hotel which was under police surveillance at the time due to suspicions that Russian women were selling sex from rooms at the hotel.

Police surveillance revealed the 39-year-old anda Russian woman engaging in various sexual activities, including full-blown intercourse.

The man was arrested as he left the room and confessed to police on the spot.

He told police he had paid 2,500 kronor ($360) to meet the woman after making contact with her via the internet, adding that she had consented to the entire transaction.

“I would never buy sex if I got the impression that she was doing it against her will or was being used,” said the 39-year-old.

Due to his confession, the man avoided a court trial and was instead slapped with a 25,000 kronor fine.

But the man grew increasingly concerned that news of his infidelity would get back to his family and thus wrote a heartfelt letter to prosecutors begging them to send all correspondence regarding the matter to his office, rather than his home address.

“I deeply regret my behaviour and am distraught at having put myself and my family in this situation,” the 39-year-old wrote, adding that he was otherwise a “law-abiding and exemplary citizen with great integrity and morals”.

According to the Metro newspaper, the man went on to explain in the letter that he hadn't had sex for five months at the time he booked his meeting with the Russian prostitute because his wife was heavily pregnant and about to give birth to the couple's second child.

“My positive family situation would of course be erased if my irresponsible and reprehensible actions become known to my family and in the worst case would likely lead to both divorce and difficult relations with my children in the future,” the letter continued.

The prosecutor in the case was sympathetic to the 39-year-old's request and agreed to send the fine to his office at one of Sweden's state-owned companies.

The man tells Aftonbladet that he has so far succeeded in hiding his transgression from his wife, who he said he “loves very much”.

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