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Police had ex-police chief’s DNA: report

The police had a sample of former police chief and convicted sex offender Göran Lindberg's DNA, his mobile phone numbers and almost his whole car registration plate, already in 2007 but did not follow up the information, according to a new report.

Police had ex-police chief's DNA: report

The information that police had access to the former Uppsala police chief personal details already in 2007, three years before he was convicted of a slew of serious sex crimes, has emerged from a documentary programme broadcast on Sveriges Radio.

The claims have been forwarded by a 17-year-old girl who had reported that she had been raped by Lindberg, but no further check of the information was undertaken.

The revelations give support to calls for a “truth commission” to examine whether Lindberg could have been exposed and prosecuted earlier. The issue is currently being handled by the justice department while waiting for an appeals court ruling on the case.

Göran Lindberg, a former principal of Sweden’s police training college and chief constable of Uppsala County as well as a renowned speaker on equality in the workplace, was jailed for six and a half years in July for crimes including aggravated rape, pimping and paying for sex.

Lindberg lodged an appeal against his prison sentence in August.

Lindberg faced 23 charges, including one count of aggravated rape, three counts of rape, ten counts of pimping and eight counts of paying for sex.

He pleaded guilty only to the charges of paying for sex, but was found guilty on all but six charges. He was acquitted of one charge of rape, three charges of pimping and one charge of preparing to rape a child.

The crimes were committed over a period of several year but Lindberg was not arrested until January 25th 2010 in Falun, where he was on his way to a meeting with a young girl with whom he had planned a sexual encounter. At this point he had been under police surveillance for some time.

When he was arrested, Lindberg was carrying a bag containing items that could be used to facilitate sexual assaults.

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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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