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'It's changed my view of humanity': prosecutor

TT/AFP/The Local · 13 Sep 2011, 09:29

Published: 13 Sep 2011 09:29 GMT+02:00

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”This case has changed the way I view humanity,” said prosecutor Niclas Eltenius to news agency TT.

The only man, 42-year-old Lars Skoglund, is considered the ringleader distributing large quantities of pornographic material featuring children to the women, who are aged between 38 and 70, according to the charge sheet.

When Skoglund was arrested last September, he was in the possession of 1,181 still shots and 40 films considered child pornography.

"One hundred and fifteen of the pictures and 37 of the films show children who are either very young, who are the victims of violence or coercion or being used in a particularly ruthless manner," the charge sheet read.

Skoglund, who could face up to six years behind bars if found guilty of aggravated child pornography crimes, appears to have come in contact with the 23 women on internet chat rooms and gradually convinced them to accept files containing child pornography.

He "has tested the limits, how far the others would go. He first goes from (chatting about) sex to sex with excrements, sex with animals and after a while ... sex with children," Eltenius told journalists at a press conference in the central Swedish town of Falun broadcasted on public radio.

A number of the women said that they had not wanted to download the files, but the prosecution claims transcripts of their chat room conversations with Skoglund show they willingly participated in the exchange.

Skoglund had saved some 5,000 chat logs dating back to 2004 that are being used as evidence in the case.

The women, several of whom had short-lived sexual relationships with the 42-year-old, did not have large quantities of the illicit material in their possession -- ranging between six and 71 files each.

They were therefore only charged with the lower level of child pornography crimes, Eltenius said, pointing out that "this can carry a penalty of up to two years in prison."

But according to the prosecution the women have been active in the sharing of the material.

"The women have encouraged the man in his pursuit of child pornography," said Eltenius.

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The trial will start with the prosecution's opening statement, where Eltenius will go through the charges. After that a police officer and an IT-expert will be heard.

Skoglund will be the only defendant present in the courtroom on Tuesday, as the women won't be heard until next week.

The trial will go on for ten days.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:27 September 13, 2011 by Tennin
These are some really disgusting and disturbed people. Lock them away!
11:01 September 13, 2011 by Tysknaden
Take away their children.
11:29 September 13, 2011 by muscle
Sick bast@rds!
11:59 September 13, 2011 by Watchtower777
6 years is not enough for these demented people!
13:59 September 13, 2011 by maxbrando
Why is you fuzzy-faced photo of a male?? 24 women and no fuzzy-faced photo of a female as the example!! This is part of the continuing stereotype of the male being the pedophile - never the female! Posh on you Swedes!
14:15 September 13, 2011 by Roy E
Only six years?

Sweden is striving to live up to its non-justice reputation.
14:40 September 13, 2011 by hjoian
hang em high
16:13 September 13, 2011 by babychuma
Six years? he's going to do it again, duh.
14:03 October 18, 2011 by Kahmoudi
What those women did was reprehensible and I don' t understand the courts making excuses that had they not met that man they wouldn't had child pornography. Bullsh!t! The moment they saw even one of those images they should have reported them to the authorities. They're all vile, disgusting creatures. The sick thing is some of them are probably mothers, even grandmothers and sat there knowing that children were being raped and did nothing, which is inexcusable. These women are just as culpable in the heinous crime of child pornography and they should be punished as such. Some of vile creatures may even be teachers, counselors and people that people entrust their helpless, innocent children for safekeeping.They should have their names and pictures posted as a deterrent. Sweden is way too lax with criminals and criminal behavior.

21:01 October 18, 2011 by burlison
Amazing, that for all the Nordic posturing about human rights, longer female life expectancy, greater percentage of women in the workforce, maternity benefits unheard of in the rest of the world - the horrid secret behind all those achievements is the leniency toward sex crimes

Rape and child porno destroy lives. They're punished less severely than traffic offenses.

Such incredible hypocrisy.
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