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Swedish 'sex pastor' faces new probe

The Local/rm · 29 Feb 2012, 10:57

Published: 29 Feb 2012 10:57 GMT+01:00

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In the meantime, however, the Church of Sweden pastor from suburban Stockholm has been allowed to continue his work despite the accusations that he sexually abused several girls of his congregation, as well as sent them sexually explicit emails and images.

”We will review the case again and see what might come of it,” said Church of Sweden spokesperson Pär Sandmark to daily Aftonbladet.

The first report about the man came in to the Stockholm diocese in January 2009.

”Sometimes I've been awakened by it. Sometimes he held my mouth or shushed me. He also served me crazy amounts of alcohol,” the 16-year-old girl wrote in her report at the time.

Among other evidence, the girl had sexually explicit images, a short film from the pastor where he is hear saying his ”dick is sore”, as well as several sexually suggestive pieces of text penned by the pastor.

However, the cathedral chapter decided at the time to disregard the extra material and that the man would be permitted to continue his work with the church during a probationary period of three years, during which he would regularly attend therapy.

However, in December 2011, the diocese received a new report about the pastor, asking the cathedral chapter to review once again its decision about the man's suitability to serve as a pastor to lead young people in light of him having established sexual relations with several young women among his flock.

The December 2011 report claims that the man had spread written accounts of his youth group exploits among his acquaintances in which he referred to one of the girls as a ”sex doll” ('knulldocka') and elaborating on his sexual activities in a biographical manuscript he allegedly wanted to publish.

The report was also critical of the fact that the chapter had made the decision to disregard the man's sex writings in the previous investigation.

After receiving the second report, the chapter decided to open the case again, this time to investigate whether the ”boundless behaviour” the man has exhibited in his manuscript is ”suitable” for a man of the cloth.

One 16-year-old victim told Aftonbladet that she thought it was good if the chapter would finally consider the texts that the man had sent round.

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”They could have done that three years ago,” she said to the paper.

Despite the reports, the man has stayed adamant that he isn't guilty of sexual abuse since the first allegations against him.

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Your comments about this article

12:15 February 29, 2012 by motti
No doubt it will become a best seller
12:25 February 29, 2012 by johnny1939
Cannot believe the Church lets these things go on they are just as bad as the catholics. If I still had young children I would certainly think twice about sending them to church activities of any kind w/o my supervision. Can't trust anybody these days but of course it has probably gone on for ages but not made public knowledge.
12:29 February 29, 2012 by islamist
see this kind of things u dont hear happening in no mosque, advantage of being a muslim i can safely send my kids to the mosque without worrying that sheikh wil some weird stuff..........separate the women from the men........God created desires in every man........
12:36 February 29, 2012 by Luke R D
Separate men from women? GOD creates these desires? How about humans begin to look at themselves, rather than continually placing blame where it does not belong? How about abandoning religion altogether, learning to control and master your desires and form a truly boundless relationship with the One True "God"?
13:32 February 29, 2012 by stevo1
where are the Police and Social Services in all of this? Why as a parent you would make a complaint only to the Church. If it was my child I would certainly take the law into my own hands.
13:51 February 29, 2012 by animal_politicum
In Sweden 15 is the legal age of consent. So while the minister did act unethical by abusing his position, he seems has not committed statutory rape according to Swedish law. But the Swedish laws on alcohol are more strict and he has probably broken the law if it can be proved that he served "crazy amounts of alcohol" to a sixteen year old girl.
15:08 February 29, 2012 by bcterry
"see this kind of things u dont hear happening in no mosque, advantage of being a muslim i can safely send my kids to the mosque without worrying that sheikh wil some weird stuff..........separate the women from the men........God created desires in every man........ "

A quote from a fatwa by the late and unlamented Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.

"A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man's four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl's sister."

"In an unprecedented two-page special investigation, the daily newspaper Okaz said lesbianism was "endemic" among schoolgirls. It justified the article with a saying of the Prophet's wife Ayeshathat "there should be no shyness in religion". The article told of lesbian sex in school lavatories, girls stigmatised after refusing the advances of their fellow students, and teachers complaining that none of the girls were willing to change their behaviour."

"A particularly beautiful boy always gets top marks in the exams because he's some teacher's favourite," said Mohammed, an English teacher in a government high school in Riyadh. "On the other hand, I know many older boys who deliberately flunked their final exams so they can stay ... with their younger sweethearts."
15:39 February 29, 2012 by Svensksmith
Pastor Jollypants needs to be re-assigned to a new job. Stamping license plates comes to mind.
15:48 February 29, 2012 by acidcritic
If the pastor has taken advantage of his force position to have sex with teen girls, must be prosecuted. However, as worrysome as the atitudes and acts of the pastor is the pasive position of the Church of Sweden. The worst thing the Church of Sweden can made is to resemble the catholic church. Thousands of children in Europe and the US have been raped by catholic priests and none of them has been prosecuted. Their crimes were covered by the Pope and the whole Vatican.
17:03 February 29, 2012 by Slash
@ #7 (bcterry)

very impressive answer....
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