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Court convicts man of sex chats with kids

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08:10 CET+01:00
A 40-year-old man from Uppsala, north of Stockholm, was convicted by the district court on Thursday for encouraging young girls to strip on the internet.

The man had been charged with making or trying to make a number of girls, some as young as 8 or 9, take their clothes off and act in a sexual way in front of their webcams.

According to local paper UNT, the man carried out most of his activities from his work place within the local authority.

Colleagues finally reported the man, suspicious of what he was up to on work time.

Although the man chose to leave his position willingly when exposed by police, he would have been forced to go anyway, according to municipality authorities.

When police searched the man's work computer and his private computer at home, they discovered footage of an 11-year-old girl posing in front of her mobile phone camera.

During the investigation, the man's internet chats were traced to a number of girls, and police found evidence of his urging them to take their clothes off.

No threats allegedly occurred and the man was generally open about his age. In similar cases perpetrators often use a false identity and pretend to be the same age as the girls.

The man was found guilty of getting the young girls to pose in a sexual manner, and will undergo a special treatment plan against sexual offenses.

Had he been sentenced to prison he would have served four months, according to UNT.

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