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23 Swedish women guilty in child porn case

TT/The Local/dl · 18 Oct 2011, 14:06

Published: 18 Oct 2011 11:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Oct 2011 14:06 GMT+02:00

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The Falu District Court in central Sweden sentenced the 43-year-old Lars Skoglund from Borlänge to one year in prison for aggravated child pornography crimes.

The court handed the women, who are aged between 38 and 70, suspended sentences and ordered them to pay fines ranging from 2,500 kronor to 18,000 kronor ($375 to $2,691).

The verdict comes almost a year to the day that police conducted raids at several locations across the country, arresting more than 20 women.

The raids came following the arrest of Skoglund last September, who was in the possession of 1,181 still shots and 40 films featuring child pornography.

Skoglund then came in contact with the women via internet chat rooms and gradually convinced them to accept files containing child pornography.

The images and films depict children being raped in various ways by adults. In some instances, the children were tied up.

Internet chat messages sent between the women and Skoglund achieve with “good measure” the need to prove that the women chose to accept the images from Skoglund, the court found.

In assessing the severity of the crimes, the court also took into consideration that most of the women, while capable of taking responsibility for their actions, were nevertheless "psychologically unstable".

According to the court, Skoglund “took advantage of their poor mental states and desire for human contact”.

The women, several of whom had short-lived sexual relationships with Skoglund, did not have large quantities of the illicit material in their possession and thus were charged with lower level crimes.

The court added that, had the women never met Skoglund, most of them would have never come into contact with child pornography.

"If Lars Skoglund had not led their conversations onto the subject of child sex, most of these women would probably never have come into contact with child pornography," the court found.

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Prosecutors had argued Skoglund should be sentenced to a year in prison and that the women should receive conditional sentences.

“I agree that there should be stiff penalties, but it's a question of judicial policy where the minimum level should be,” prosecutor Niclas Eltenius told the TT news agency before the verdict was announced.

The case has received a great deal of attention in Sweden and abroad because all but one of the defendants were women.

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

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12:02 October 18, 2011 by linjiechou
for some names, swedish media loves to quote such as "Lars Skoglund"...

but what about the gang rapes, never seen any publlished names...
12:15 October 18, 2011 by London_Jim
Sentence each of these women to 10 years in prison and it will make a public statement that their behaviour will not be accepted in Swedish society, irrespective of their delicate mental states.

This would act as a deterrent to future offenders of a similar ilk.

The only way that child pornography crimes will be reduced significantly is if the courts start to properly punish those guilty. A year inside, on a plea of poor mental health, is not adequate deterrent to any future child porn sharers.
13:26 October 18, 2011 by Corvinus
1 year in prison, for all those abused children. Sweden I love you, but sometimes you are a joke...
13:32 October 18, 2011 by andyron2
As usual by the pathetic swedish justice standards, the guilty get very nominal punishment.But every chance of them involved in prison pornography.

why dont they punish for 10 years atleast for such cruel crimes.sweden should consider outsourcing EU judges.
13:37 October 18, 2011 by Grokh
they should be impaled as example. sick people. they get a year and the children a lifetime of screwed up mental problems that the state will probably have to pay for, and which will probably result in them doing the same thing to others or end up killing their own child, or something insane like that.

1 year? 1 million wouldnt be enough.
13:53 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 is some of them are probably mothers, even grandmothers and would sit there knowing that children were being raped and did nothing is inexcusable. These women are just as culpable in the heinous crime of child pornography and they should be punished as such. SILENCE=ACCEPTANCE.
14:08 October 18, 2011 by GLO
This is Sweden, the real question is will he be alowed to run his Business in jail?????
15:48 October 18, 2011 by the fonz
This is quite possibly the softest sentance I have ever heard of - PATHETIC and most certainly NOT a deterrent to any other weirdos. Shame on you Sweden.
15:57 October 18, 2011 by Kaethar
It's never stated in this article that the images were photos, which leads me to believe they could have been animated. Now, anyone who runs in anime circles knows that sexual drawings of children (known as lolicon with girls and shotacon for boys) are very popular amongst women especially, especially the latter. I can go to an anime store now and pick up several films featuring adult/child relations that are popular amongst teenage girls. An example being the anime series Loveless which I loved when I was a teen - detailing the non-platonic relationship between a 20 year old man and a 12 year old boy. Maybe I should get rid of the copies I still have lying around just in case...

Point being, I hope these women were charged rightly with an actual child pornography crime...
16:45 October 18, 2011 by KennyC
Life in prison would be more apropriate!!!!!!! I have 2 young kids and this is crazy!!!

1 year for all of the damage and ruined lives?
18:46 October 18, 2011 by summerboy
People are u suprised at this judgement? The future of this nation is in jeopardy if women keep getting treated as sacrosant!!! The man gets 1 yr and the women gets a fine... are u kidding me? This is a heinous crime for God sake, for which all of them should be given heavier sentences. No not in Sweden. This is a shame.
18:59 October 18, 2011 by Imperor
Women can't be criminals according to the Swedish (Pre-)Judicial system.

That is just a fact. Women are mentally ill, weak and manipulated by men who are always violent monsters.

This is what is "Politically Correct" in Sweden, where feminism has turned into oppression of men.

A mother will get an apartment, in Central Stockholm, without hardly even asking for it, if she doesn't already have an apartment BIG ENOUGH. A father will be kicked to the curb and laughed at if he even brings up the possibility of maybe getting some help getting off the streets. Joint custody my ass, according to the government kids don't need fathers, because we all know they're just oppressive rapists one and all, don't we?
20:54 October 18, 2011 by burlison
"Delicate Mental State...." unbelievable. That's just like saying "I'm guilty, but society is to blame." I think that's what the children of these monsters will say when they murder their guardians or become violent criminals themselves, or at the very least, wind up as unproductive, damaged people. These children will suffer FOREVER for what happened. A FINE? REALLY? I have children, and I believe that if I was in any way culpable, even by turning a blind eye as someone else committed a heinous crime against my children, I deserve AT BEST, life in prison.

But the sick thing about this all is that it's about cost, not crime. It's cheaper to put these people back into society. That's the real message here.
21:14 October 18, 2011 by Not Dumb
When a group of women such as these do what they have done, it is not just a measure of personal 'instability', but rather, societal madness. While one can argue that prison for these women is appropriate, I believe the reality of what they have done will likely torture them until their ends.

As regards the fellow, if someone suggested life in prison, I must say I wouldn't argue the point.
21:27 October 18, 2011 by newzbug
Kaethar: I cannot believe you think "anime" sex is "OK" between children and adults. IT IS NOT. Just because you think it is ok, does not make it so. I hope even if they had animated sexual pictures they still get punished for that. SICK.
22:09 October 18, 2011 by salalah
Are they ethnic swedes?
05:16 October 19, 2011 by Kaethar
@newzbug: Whether or not you should make certain forms of art illegal is another discussion entirely. Although no, I do not support that. But I was talking about the hypocrisy of the state here. Such material is available to buy in most bookstores in Sweden yet using a strict interpretation of child pornography laws it's against the law to own such material. Which would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Point being is that because of this I am critical to anyone accused of harbouring "child pornography" since because of Swedish laws regarding this I'm never certain they mean actual child pornography. You are free to arrest all the 13 year old fangirls who like Loveless and charge them with possession of child pornography if you wish. Even though the manga and anime portrays an erotic relationship between a 20 year old man and 12 year old boy it's available to buy in any Swedish bookstore. I used to love the series in my early teens and it's only now that I'm older that I realise how odd the series actually was.

So what are the police going to do? Have different laws for men and women? Have different laws for people depending on age? Either such material is allowed or it isn't. THAT is what I was referring to. And I hope the people in the article haven't been charged for something they'd get away with reading if only they were younger.
16:57 October 21, 2011 by Dave_the_rave
What sort of sentences are these!!! Society do-gooders have destroyed the human rights law. The human rights of these poor children have been violated let alone the mums and dads whos lives have been destroyed but we have to feel sorry for these evil people, wrong wrong wrong. The man and these women should be sent to be locked up with hard-line criminals, preferably with a fatal crash on the way there.
18:20 October 21, 2011 by justagirl
Ah, Sweden. So...lagom.
21:16 October 21, 2011 by NigelF
It is hard to believe how light the sentences are.

When you have such light sentences for such heinous crimes, the message being sent to other criminals is that they can get away with these things. Terrible.
20:36 January 21, 2012 by janeway
All of them should have gotten several years in prison. I hate it when courts diminish the accountability of female suspects. It means that women are still considered to be mere lambs and followers of men, not individuals with their own responsibility. Swedish courts sucks!
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