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Five year sentence for Swede's child sex crimes

TT/AFP/The Local · 27 Dec 2011, 16:19

Published: 27 Dec 2011 14:17 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Dec 2011 16:19 GMT+01:00

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When police confiscated Johnsson's computer, they found 514,216 images as well as 10,239 films featuring child pornography, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper

Some of the material included documented cases of the rape of an infant.

Johnsson was also facing charges for sexually abusing four children in the Philippines in 2010.

On Tuesday the 45-year-old was convicted of aggravated pornography crimes, child rape, aggravated exploitation of a child for sexual posing, as well as conspiring to commit child rape by the Kristianstad District Court in southern Sweden.

Johnsson, from Skåne, in southern Sweden, was arrested in February on suspicion of child pornography crimes.

He was discovered after an American raid against an internet site for child pornography, as police discovered that the Swedish man was a frequent visitor of the site.

When police began to look into the case, they uncovered that he had also abused young children in the Philippines.

He was convicted of abusing four children in the Philippines, between the ages of 4 and 15, on visits to the country in 2010.

According to AFP, Johnsson had already purchased a flight back to the Philippines, and online chat records indicated that he intended to sexually assault more children.

This is the third case in which someone in Sweden has been sentenced for child abuse crimes committed in another country.

"This is a very strong signal we're sending. Just because the crimes weren't committed in Sweden, we can still arrest a suspected paedophile, and then charge them with the crimes," said criminal inspector Björn Sellström of the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalen) to national Sveriges Television (SVT).

Helena Karlén, chairwoman of the organisation Ecpat, is pleased that politicians and police authorities are beginning to take this type of child abuse abroad seriously.

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"It's important that the public are made aware of these crimes, and that people know that abuse on the other end of the globe can lead to a conviction back home in Sweden," she told TT.

"The media's attention on these cases is positive. It can act as a deterrant."

The 45-year-old has denied all charges against him except the pornography crimes.

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

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Your comments about this article

15:40 December 27, 2011 by muscle
this is sick :S but how do you do child pornography with infants :S this is sick!!!
15:51 December 27, 2011 by Rishonim
Only five years?
15:54 December 27, 2011 by babychuma
he'll do it again for sure, these predators never change they can't.
16:24 December 27, 2011 by Majick
ONLY 5 years?
19:15 December 27, 2011 by bcterry
5 years for raping children, is nothing short of raping them again.

19:58 December 27, 2011 by J Jack
And the time served is often less being released as a psychiatric outpatient.
22:19 December 27, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Five years is not quite payment enough, I think. Given the enjoyment he gets in all of this, he might find it an okay price and go out and have more fun.
00:12 December 28, 2011 by jostein
"Just because the crimes weren't committed in Sweden, we can still arrest a suspected paedophile, and then charge them with the crimes," said criminal inspector Björn Sellström"

Isnt this a bit strange? Shouldnt he be convicted according to phillipine law rather than swedish law for crimes commited in the philipines? I mean, before long the act of being alive will be illegal? If you act according to saudi law in saudi then you will be convicted in sweden, and if you follow swedish law in saudi you will be convicted by the saudi? I mean, who the hell do these people think they are? Just because the crimes are disgusting we shouldnt throw out all semblence of common sense and undermine the entire legal system? We truly are ruled by inept fools.
00:23 December 28, 2011 by byke

I too am glad someone else picked up on this.

While obviously this sort of sickening crime needs to be dealt with, the justification of such can't be done at the cost of judicial integrity and only highlights a broken system that needs to be addressed so that justice can be served.
00:26 December 28, 2011 by DAVID T
He would get at least 20 years in the Philippines - he'll be out in 2 years in Sweden - I don't understand how they can try someone here for crimes committed in another country - that must be against international law - send the scum to the Philippines
08:09 December 28, 2011 by jostein
00:26 December 28, 2011 by DAVID T

Which is another problem with this. If he is convicted for this crime in sweden, can he still be convicted for the same crime in the Philippines? I mean, if these zealots have their way we can look forward to a future where criminals are sent around the world to receive their punishment in each legislative area?

And even if not, if there is some agreement between with the Philippines, wouldnt criminals who know they will be caught begin to run to the least harsh legalsystem? Obviously only ppl with swedish citizenship since most countries politicians are not stupid and uneducated enough to put something like this in place. But where is the fairness in that holders of swedish citizenship can pick and choose which law should punish them?
09:37 December 28, 2011 by Keith #5083
For all those who regularly like to moan about thelocal's standards, I thought you might care to read the same story at Sverigesradio.se where the report states:

"Prosecutor Måns Biörklund wanted a sentence of five years, and may appeal against this decision".

The article starts with "Today a Swedish man has been sentenced to five years in prison "

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