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Two Swedes arrested for sex crimes in New York

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Two Swedes arrested for sex crimes in New York
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Two high-ranking Swedish executives with an e-commerce start-up have been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager in a New York hotel room at the weekend.

Niklas Adalberth, 30, and Jens Saltin, 31, were arrested on Saturday evening after allegedly attacking a 19-year-old woman from Texas at the W Hotel in Manhattan, the New York Post reported.

Referred to in the Swedish media as an “IT-millionaire”, Adalberth is a co-founder the e-payments company Klarna, which he started in 2005 with classmates from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Saltin works as Klarna's Vice President of Sales in the Netherlands.

According to court documents, the Swedes are accused of straddling the victim, tearing off her clothes, and fondling her breast.

Both Adalberth and Saltin deny the allegations, according to a statement issued by Klarna to tech news website TechCrunch.

“We are aware of the alleged incident in New York City involving Niklas Adalberth and Jens Saltin. Both Mr. Adalberth and Mr. Saltin maintain their innocence and have taken temporary leave from the company while the matter is being investigated,” the company said.

Both men have been released on $10,000 bail pending a court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Based in Sweden, Klarna AB employs more than 600 people and has operations in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel.

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