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Naked baby grad sign reported for child porn

TT/Rebecca Martin · 14 Jun 2011, 16:18

Published: 14 Jun 2011 16:18 GMT+02:00

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“He felt it was provocative and that there were many little children out on the street that could take offence,” Lars-Olof Cederlund of the local police information department told daily Expressen.

On Friday, a 48-year-old man in Landskrona, in southern Sweden, reacted against a homemade graduation sign featuring the naked 3-year-old in a baby pool with his legs akimbo.

He was so offended he decided to report the incident as a child pornography crime to the local police.

“He (who held the sign) had in his possession a sign that showed a child in a pornographic position”, the report said, according to local paper Helsingborgs Dagblad.

The police have no idea as to the identity of the youth, only which class he went to. According to Cederlund there will be no investigation as there is nothing more than hearsay to go by.

“If a prosecutor feels the need to for us to look into this they only have to report it again,” he said to Expressen.

Local prosecutor Hans Åkesson isn’t familiar with the particular case but said that these questions have become trickier since last years toughening of the laws on child porn.

“Nowadays the law says that someone who owns or is looking at an image of child pornography that he or she has gained possession of can be sentenced for up to two years in prison. I can’t say if the person who showed that specific picture falls under the definition ‘gained possession of’’ I suppose an assessment would have to be made,” he said to Helsingborgs Dagblad.

But as far as Åkesson knows there is no established practice and he has never heard of a similar case.

To hold up a picture with an embarrassing photo of the graduating student is by no means uncommon in Sweden.

Friends and family usually get together well in advance of the graduation day to select the right one, varying everywhere on the scale from cute to embarrassing.

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After the students have received their report cards and run out of the school, the so-called “utspring”, into the arms of their waiting families, they tend to go driving around town on the back of specially hired trucks bedecked with birch-leaves, singing and revelling while brandishing their own signs.

According to Cederholm of the local police, if making a sign with an embarrassing nude baby picture is a crime, he might be guilty of it himself, along with a large number of Swedish parents and siblings.

“There are many differing opinions on what could cause offence. I have four kids myself who have graduated from high school and on one of the signs we had a naked picture of my daughter when she was two or three years old,” he said to Expressen.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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17:38 June 14, 2011 by monterrey7
haha its been like that for a while now, almost all the pictures they use for grad are naked baby pictures, in this case the picture has a sertain position that is not right in many way.. but who cares right, tradition will carry on.. ;)
18:29 June 14, 2011 by countrysidedrive
When a person thinks a baby picture is porn. Then that individual is seriously sick.
18:32 June 14, 2011 by luke123
If you think a picture of a naked baby is porn that's not good....that's bad....

It means you're a pedophile!
18:54 June 14, 2011 by zircon
Sweden, please study these things carefully.
18:57 June 14, 2011 by rise
@ luke123

I agree, the "offended" 48-year old man has to be a pedophile to even think such a thought about a small child! And now he's projecting his own sick thoughts on others.
19:20 June 14, 2011 by jostein
The sweden i grew up in is dead and gone. And the fools are still steering into the abyss. But no matter, there is nothing left to save.
19:20 June 14, 2011 by Syftfel
It is remarcable that prosecutor åkesson (or shall we call him "persecutor") is willing to invest time and tax payer funds in this nonsense. How much time and tax payer funds does he invest in other, equally offensive or worse, cultural habits on display on a daily basis in Sweden, and especially in Landskrona. It is my opionion that prosecutor åkesson is unfit for his job and should resign, since he obviously has no grasp on reality.
20:01 June 14, 2011 by Wertyx
"He felt it was provocative and that there were many little children out on the street that could take offence"

Seriously? little children have no idea what being offended means. And even if they did, why would seing a naked baby being offensive to them?

As many said before, I would be more worried about the guy whose first reaction upon seing a poster with a naked baby is to think "whoa! porn!". Let's investigate that perv' instead.
20:06 June 14, 2011 by Valdemaratterdag
As I always say: There are no phallic images, just phallic minds.
22:51 June 14, 2011 by engagebrain
I guess the complainant wears his pants in the shower to prevent him offending himself.
23:15 June 14, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Naked baby butt pictures are just cute not pornographic.
23:48 June 14, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
Is this news? Really!! They had faces only their mothers could love..
00:24 June 15, 2011 by Nemesis
If this was child porn, the local if it was a genuine newspaper, would be screaming as to why the police were not jailing a pornogragher.
01:34 June 15, 2011 by axiom
what nonsense and waste of tax payers money ...
04:00 June 15, 2011 by jackx123
how many statues, very popular, are there with a boy p'ing? the owners should also be reported - lol
04:42 June 15, 2011 by soultraveler3
"I agree, the "offended" 48-year old man has to be a pedophile to even think such a thought about a small child! And now he's projecting his own sick thoughts on others."

I agree with rise here. No sane person would think a normal naked baby picture was porn.

We had a similar situation back in the states when an "animal lover" license plate was introduced in the state I lived in. It was meant to be an optional vanity plate for people who supported the local ASPCA, as in, we love and support animals. All it took was one idiot who complained that it was encouraging beastality and the whole campaign was called off.

I thought it was so stupid. Only a person interested in that kind of stuff would even think that it was somehow related. It sucks because it could've raised a lot of money to help out local animals and shelters.
08:48 June 15, 2011 by flintis
Prosecute the prat for wasting Police time & taxpayers money.
08:49 June 15, 2011 by RationalG.
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11:49 June 15, 2011 by farnoxo
Oh for Foxtrot-Uniform-Charlie-Kilo Sake!
11:57 June 15, 2011 by johnny1939
People really have strange minds. I read about a lady in USA that had taken pics of her small children playing in the nude and she was thrown in jail!!!! I hate child pornography but is this not going too far? I can recall a very common photo from years ago when it was common practice to have your baby photographed on a polar bear pelt at the local photo place. Maybe all these pics should be turned in to the police? If you have any of those pics in your possession better destroy them hehe
12:04 June 15, 2011 by rise
"I thought it was so stupid. Only a person interested in that kind of stuff would even think that it was somehow related. It sucks because it could've raised a lot of money to help out local animals and shelters."

My thoughts exactly as soultraveler3's on this one. An other example: In the computer so before we had SATA harddrives, the drives were connected with the IDE interface. You can connect two IDE-devices at the same cable, however for them to work one of them has to be superior over the other. This thing has always been called Master respectively Slave. And some sicko got offended of those words even though it's completely computer related!
13:18 June 15, 2011 by 5Words
This guy's stupidity is the thing that is "really" offensive!
08:03 June 16, 2011 by Daniel Hynes
What a sad B*****d !
20:50 June 16, 2011 by Rebel
I thought these kind of morons only existed in the USA.
15:37 June 17, 2011 by tadchem
It is bad enough when the 'victim' is permitted to decide after the fact whether or not a crime has been committed. ["Your Honor," said the prostitute, "I didn't realize he had raped me until his check bounced."]

When a bystander is allowed to decide that a crime has been committed because the bystander believes some unknown or unnamed third party *might* be offended is simply ridiculous.

I would like to report a crime because this level of stupidity might be offensive to intelligent life forms somewhere!
18:18 June 17, 2011 by Britt-Marie7
For crying out loud, can't believe that anybody would be offended by a photo of a naked baby! That person must be so sick! Maybe he should be locked up with his sick thoughts, he might be a danger to society.
20:15 October 25, 2011 by Kahmoudi
That man really needs to question why he feels an innocuous picture of a naked infant is considered porn.
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