Webcam paedophile sentenced to year in jail

A district court in southern Sweden sentenced a man who lured 45 young girls and adolescents to pose in front of webcams to one year in prison on Tuesday.

Webcam paedophile sentenced to year in jail

The 24-year-old man from Oskarshamn claimed to be a girl named Frida and found his victims on different social media websites, the local Östran daily reported on its website on Tuesday.

He persuaded his victims to expose their breasts and genitals to him on webcam, the report said. According to Sveriges Radio’s P4 news in Kalmar on Tuesday, the youngest victim may have been as young as eight years old.

The man, who was 19 to 20 years old when the incidents occurred, passed himself off as the same age as his victims on several occasions. The incidents took place from the spring of 2005 to the autumn of 2006 and the exposed girls were born between 1991 to 1997.

During a raid on the man’s house, police also found 24,800 child pornography photos on his computer, of which 5,000 were regarded as “obscene” and “ruthless,” SR reported. Police also learned that he had sold the photos to others.

Kalmar district court sentenced him on 39 counts of aggravated child exploitation for sexual posing, 15 counts of child exploitation for sexual posing and one count of aggravated child pornography.

The sentence carries an actual penalty of three years in prison, but the court only sentenced him for one year. In addition to the prison sentence, the man must also pay 474,000 kronor ($71,270) in compensation to 35 of the victims for the violation, pain and suffering he inflicted on them.

The court determined that the girls who exposed only their breasts will be compensated 5,000 kronor for the violation, while those who exposed both their breasts and genitals will be compensated 10,000 kronor, newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) reported on Tuesday.

Both SR and DN reported that the man underwent a so-called minor psychiatric evaluation. According to the examination, the man suffers from certain neuropsychiatric disorders, but none that would justify an exemption from a prison sentence.

Prosecutor Gunilla Öhlin likened the accused with the so-called “Alexandra Man” (Alexandramannen). However, the man never met his victims in person.

Atheer al Suhairy is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted for carrying 58 sexual assaults against young girls, including 11 counts of rape. To lure his victims, he established contact with girls over the internet using the pseudonym “Alexandra,” claiming he was a woman in her 30s.

First convicted in July 2006, al Suhairy had his sentenced reduced from 11 years to 10 in April 2007.


Swedes least worried about internet snooping

Swedes are less worried about government, police and corporations snooping on them over the internet than any of the other nationalities surveyed by the privacy company F-Secure.

Swedes least worried about internet snooping
Swedes have historically been trusting of their governments. Photo: Lena Granefelt/Image Bank Sweden
According to the survey, Only 25 percent of Swedes surveyed said they had changed their behaviour on the internet as a result of worries over data privacy. 
This compared to 55 percent of respondents from the US, 48 percent from Germany, 47 percent from France and 43 percent from the UK. 
“We have good privacy legislation in Sweden and people in Sweden probably think these privacy rules protect internet privacy as well, but this is a misconception,” Mikael Albrecht, a security expert with F-Secure, the company which commissioned the survey told The Local. 
Swedes relaxed approach to privacy was seen in their responses to other questions. Only 31 percent of respondents from Sweden said that they knew where their personal data was stored online, compared with an average in the survey of 49 percent. 
And only 46 percent of Swedish respondents said that they were worried about new Internet-connected devices leading to privacy violations, compared with the survey's average of 69 percent. 
“Swedes perceive their country as safe and stable, especially when compared to countries like UK, USA and France, which have increased network surveillance aggressively,” Albrecht said in the press release.
“But while Sweden and many of the Nordic countries do enjoy relatively secure environments, this shouldn't translate into becoming overconfident that their personal data will stay private while being exchanged online.”
The F-Secure Consumer Values Study 2015 consisted of an online survey of 8,800 respondents from 11 countries, with 800 respondents in each of the US, UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, and India respectively. 
The study was designed together with Informed Intuitions, and the data was collected by Toluna Analytics.