Swedish cadets groped by female officer
The Local/rm · 21 Apr 2011, 14:37
Published: 21 Apr 2011 14:37 GMT+02:00
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The woman alledgedly became a little too personal with her students at an after-party following the academy spring dance in late February, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.
One of the cadets described how he suddenly felt the officer's hands on the inside of his underpants while on the dance floor.
Another cadet said that he found the female officer getting a bit too friendly and acting as if she was intoxicated.
A while later, she was making out with a third cadet, although according he later admitted he was acting of his own free will.
The three cadets, who were among a total of five who reported being groped by the officer, have stated that they do not feel violated and have no intention of reporting the woman for sexual harassment but that they feel it was inappropriate behaviour by a senior officer.
The officer claims to have been drugged. According to Aftonbladet, she has very few memories from the after-party.
The day after the dance she felt strange and contacted her superiors explaining that she felt as if she had been drugged.
Two days later she reported the incident to the police. But when tests showed no traces of illegal substances the police chose not to pursue further investigations.
“The behaviour is completely incompatible with what is expected from an officer in the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten). This must be met with a clear consequence to show that such behaviour is unacceptable,” the military wrote in their report.
The military will recommend a transfer for the officer, but an investigation into the case will also be carried out.
Pending investigation, the woman has been suspended from her position at the military academy.