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Swedish cop warned over 'temporary massage parlour'

David Landes · 11 Nov 2010, 17:16

Published: 11 Nov 2010 17:16 GMT+01:00

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The officer, who joined the police force in 1977, opened his temporary massage parlour behind the police station in the Skår neighbourhood of Gothenburg in May 2009.

Passersby couldn’t help but notice the bare-chested police officer rubbing down a women lying prone on a massage table wearing nothing but a pair of thong-underwear.

Another cop recognised the man as a fellow officer and alerted his superiors. The woman, who was not employed by the police, had been invited to the station by the fleet-fingered police officer, in violation of police regulations.

The 2009 incident wasn’t the first time the officer had been reported for his freelance massage activity.

In February 2005, he had called up a woman who had been fined following a traffic stop the day before and offered a massage to “help her get over” the fines.

Under questioning following the incident, the soft-handed officer admitted to offering the massage, adding at the time that he had “offered similar services previously”.

An internal investigation into professional misconduct was eventually closed without any formal action taken against the officer.

Instead, superiors had a conversation with him after which he promised to “strictly differentiate” between his role as a police officer and that of a recreational masseuse.

But the officer was apparently unable to curb his need to offer rub downs to female civilians, and has now been issued with a formal warning.

According to a ruling by the disciplinary board of the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen), the officer “used the agency’s space for private activities without permission”.

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“The way in which you did it drew attention from the public, which as a consequence means there is a risk that the public’s confidence in the police has been damaged,” wrote police disciplinary board chair Bengt Svensson in his ruling on the matter.

The officer now has three weeks to appeal the ruling.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:43 November 11, 2010 by scandinavian leather
"Instead, superiors had a conversation with him after which he promised to "strictly differentiate" between his role as a police officer and that of a recreational masseuse"

I'm a little lost, David. The article states in several places the police officer is male. Wouldn't that make him a masseur?

Or is there more to this story?
18:45 November 11, 2010 by diegoveggie
how did they discipline him? slapping?
18:59 November 11, 2010 by Tanskalainen
@diegoveggie No they spanked him with his big leather belt.
20:16 November 11, 2010 by StockholmSam
I cannot believe this guy still has his job. That is a crying shame.
20:44 November 11, 2010 by jack sprat
Not good enough for this guy, to be a typical Swedish cop, sitting in the office stuffing his face with take-away pizzas all day.

No, this guy obviously likes to keep his hand in with the public, with the old fashioned hands-on technique.

Safe in the hands of the law ?

I don't think.
22:37 November 11, 2010 by know
simply, he is a thief, he gets paid to work as a policeman, but he abuse police headquarters for his interest.
00:26 November 12, 2010 by MC7669
Jalousy hypocrisy thats all of your comments including David Landes be honest with yourself you all would like to be in his place and do massage or get massage what is wrong what can happen in a police station,,,,,,,,,
05:35 November 12, 2010 by Frobobbles
What is wrong with a massage?
06:10 November 12, 2010 by proteasome
"And now a massage from the Swedish police officer"

or was it prime minister???
06:21 November 12, 2010 by StockholmSam
MC7669 and Frobobbles, you just don't get it, do you?
07:44 November 12, 2010 by wabasha
dose the story have a happy ending?
10:41 November 12, 2010 by unforgiven
My father always told me that "If one cannot get a job, will join the army and if he cannot even do that, he will become a police officer."

This guy is probably one of them...
16:47 November 12, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
this man has " gifted hands", let him use them. 1977, let him retire.

isn't there a law that says if u are employed by the government you cannot have private business? or is that from my land...
18:19 November 13, 2010 by dunce
This gives a new meaning to "holding the crime rate down".
11:05 November 16, 2010 by scandinavian leather
This cracks me up. At the bottom of each page thelocal advertises "Translation and copywriting by local experts" yet a week after this story we still have a male masseur listed as a masseuse.

One wonders if one were to use thelocal's services would they reimburse the client after their Swedish audience managed to get off the floor after roaring in laughter?

C'mon, David. Edit. Check these things. That it's still here means someone isn't paying attention. Or doing their job.
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