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.