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Police officer jailed for raping a child

TT/The Local/pvs · 1 Dec 2011, 13:15

Published: 01 Dec 2011 13:15 GMT+01:00

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"I think the sentence is very low," said prosecutor Kay Engfeldt after the verdict was passed down at Solna district court.

The court ruled that the man had bought sex from the girl who was 16-years-old at the time, paying her with drugs, alcohol and money.

On one occasion the police officer had sex with the girl while she was under the influence of drugs.

The 52-year-old was also convicted of drug and weapons offences.

In addition to sentencing the man to one year's imprisonment, the court ordered the officer to pay 60,000 kronor ($9,000) in damages to the girl.

Prosecutor Kay Engfeldt had demanded four years in prison for the policeman.

"I think the sentence is very low. I have not read the verdict in detail, but apparently the rape has been deemed to be of a less serious nature and it has been taken into consideration that the policeman will be fired," he said.

At the same time Engfeldt pointed out that the girl managed to win her case against a police officer.

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"She gets her compensation and he has been convicted of rape and the purchase of sexual services from a child."

Kay Engfeldt has not yet decided on whether the ruling will be appealed.

"I will read the sentence calmly and consult with the plaintiff's attorney."

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

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13:59 December 1, 2011 by Rishonim
This justice system is a disgrace. I strongly believe the judges in these cases are rapist as well therefore explaining the low and laughable prison time. I think the only way these things will change is when people start taking matters into their own hands. (Vigilante)
14:05 December 1, 2011 by Jes
Why don`t they just let him go ? He is a policeman for God`s sake !

Maybe he was sick from something when he did it . Has anybody asked his mother tocheck if he was loved enough as a baby ?
14:39 December 1, 2011 by Abe L
If this is the Swedish version of rape, then it makes perfect sense. He probably looked at her in the wrong way.

For the international interpretation of rape:

How can someone possibly get only 1 year in prison for raping a child? You can get more jail time for speeding or not paying taxes.

This is flat out retarded, there should be a 25 year minimal jail time for real rape which should automatically be doubled if it involves a minor. A 16 year old is not a child.

And only 9000 dollars in damage? In the event of real rape someone is scared for life and a hundredfold of that number wouldn't even be close to paying for the damage.
15:03 December 1, 2011 by terriergirl
This is appalling. When someone in a position of authority commits a heinous crime like rape they should be punished more severely than the average criminal, not less. How is rape of a minor an attack of a 'less serious nature'. Child rape is not comparable with shoplifting. He should get 25 years.
15:14 December 1, 2011 by bourgeoisieboheme
Well the reason he got so little time was, as the article states, no rape committed, just prostitution.

From the sound of it, she was a VERY young prostitute, age of consent is 15 so not a minor. It never mentions him raping her, just giving her money, sex, and alcohol... judging from the light sentence I would say it was a business deal, as sick as it may be... but this happens with police from time to time. Maybe she was a drug user he busted, he wanted some action, and she agreed if he paid her, gave her drugs, etc. From the 1 year sentence I would say this is the case. If it was proper rape I'm sure he would of had the book thrown at him.
15:38 December 1, 2011 by Svensksmith
Wanna bet he even gets his old job back?
20:04 December 1, 2011 by Kibitz
Just another sad and shameful exampel as to how a passive Swedish judicial system protects and codles the crimminal and not the victim. The welfare of and the human rights of the people are absolutely being taken for granted in Sweden.

This laughable ruling most certainly sent the wrong message to any other police officers contimplating rape and any other crimminal, that those who do the crime, do very little time.
11:31 December 2, 2011 by Da Goat
the story intimates numerous sexual encounters (multiple purchases)

so it is not exactly rape (was only rape after a non payment maybe or even something worse who knows)

it was rape after the cheque bounced!
17:21 December 2, 2011 by Mark S.
What is the definition of rape in Sweden? From this article, it appears that she was above the age of consent (16 > 15) and he paid her. Is it automatically "rape" if you pay a prostitute?

This case has an ironic twist: Because he paid her, he is guilty of paying for prostitution; part of his punishment is to pay her again...
05:02 December 3, 2011 by strixy
ONE YEAR? Sorry for shouting but this is how much you get for abusing a dog.... in POLAND!

Come one Swedes.
22:26 January 29, 2012 by janeway
He abused a vulnerable girl and got her intoxicated on alcohol and drugs.

He payed her ticket and helped her escape from a youth home.

He used his authoroty as a cop.

He committed other crimes involving drugs and weapons.

He got fired.

He spends 8 months in prison.

Justice? Not in a long shot!

BTW, the legal age for prostitution is 18 years old, that's why the victim in this case is called a minor.

Drive a vehicle and run a red light = lose license, job and eventually get in financial troubles.

Drug a 16 year old girl and have sex with her = 8 months in prison and loss of job. Get out of prison and get a job in the security business and get on with life.
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