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Ex-police chief suspected of pimping

Former Uppsala police chief Göran Lindberg, already accused of rape, is also suspected of involvement in the organised sex trade, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Ex-police chief suspected of pimping

Lindberg is now suspected of several new rapes, and for pimping offences stretching over an extended period of time.

The prosecutor requested on Thursday that the former police chief continue to be held in custody.

“I have extended the duration of the investigation,” prosecutor Håkan Roswall told news agency TT.

The new suspicions relate to a series of further incidents: a rape on January 31st 2007, rape and sexual coercion on January 12th 2010, rapes during April and May 2009, and pimping from October 1st 2006 to September 30th 2009.

Lindberg is already on remand for a series of other sex crimes and the investigation, already large, is continuing to grow.

“There are a lot of people to interview, among others the police chief. So there is a lot left to do,” Roswall said.

Asked if there were suspicions that any further crimes had been committed, Roswall replied:

“There are, but I currently do not have sufficient evidence to go to the court with them,” he said.

The pimping charges are considered to be of a particularly serious nature.

“It concerns exploitation, which is considered more serious than promotion. He has gained financially,” Håkan Roswall told TT.

Roswall stated that there are at present no further suspects.

“There is no prerequisite of a fixed network in these types of cases, and there is no indication that there has been in this case either,” he said.

The prosecutor has requested that the remand hearing be set for Friday and that the former police chief be held in custody until March 25th.

“His position is the same – he denies the charges,” said Karl Halring, Göran Lindberg’s lawyer.

SEX

Swedish pastor admits to buying sex

A pastor from central Sweden has been convicted of buying sex from a prostitute after being nabbed when police broke up a major pimping operation.

Swedish pastor admits to buying sex

The pastor, a man in his early fifties, was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 kronor ($2,300) and has been temporarily relieved of his duties with the Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan).

“What I did was really stupid and it’s something I deeply regret,” the pastor told the Expressen newspaper.

The pastor was home by himself looking at the websites of various escort services before deciding to call one of the numbers.

He requested to have a woman come to his home address where police, who had been tracking a suspected pimping operation with ties to Romania, were on hand to watch the pastor let the woman into his home.

The pastor then paid the woman 1,500 kronor before they both disrobed and engaged in sexual intercourse, he admitted to police during a subsequent interrogation, Expressen reported.

The case was tied to a large pimping operation through which young women from Romania were sold for sex to clients in Sweden. The operation was managed through a call-centre based in Romania.

“These woman were used as if they were on a conveyor belt,” detective Anders Nilshagen of the police’s human trafficking section told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Four men have since been convicted for their role in running the pimping ring, which was in operation for 18 months.

Meanwhile, he pastor has been temporarily stripped of his duties in the wake of the sex buying scandal.

“This can’t happen. It’s totally unacceptable,” Church of Sweden spokesman Pär Sandberg told DN.

The cathedral chapter is set to review the pastor’s case later this month and take a stand on his future with the church.

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