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Swede, 76, jailed for child sex crimes in Philippines

29 Mar 2012, 17:24

Published: 29 Mar 2012 17:24 GMT+02:00

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The man, who hails from Eskilstuna in central Sweden, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Eskilstuna District Court for aggravated sexual assault against a child, sexual assault against a child, and child pornography crimes.

The man had previously been convicted for child sex crimes in the 1990s and had been sentenced to court ordered psychiatric care, but was released after nine years.

The 76-year-old, who still owns a home in Eskilstuna, lives in a house in a small village in the Philippines where he abused young girls from poor families.

He taught English to one of the victims and began sexually abusing her when she was nine years old.

According to the court's ruling, the abuse took place twice a week, and each time the Swede gave the girl a small sum of money equivalent to a couple of US dollars.

Another one of the victims also participated in the English lessons and was abused on at least one occasion.

The third girl, who that man had taken into his home to support, was photographed naked several times by the 76-year-old.

The court found that the man's crimes deserved a punishment equivalent to two years in prison, but reduced the sentence in light of the man's old age.

According to the court's ruling, the man has a predisposition to paedophilia and he "therefore prefers young, immature girls", the local Eskilstuna Kuriren newspaper reported.

"I've often seen men move abroad and engage in schools and volunteer organizations in order to gain access to children," detective Lisbeth Tolfes of Sweden's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) told the TT news agency.

Tolfes participated in the investigation into the 76-year-old's sex crimes as a part of the NBI's child sex crimes unit.

In the past, it's been uncommon for people to be convicted in Sweden for child sex crimes committed abroad.

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But on Wednesday this week a 45-year-old man from the Kristianstad area in southern Sweden was sentenced to seven years in prison by a court of appeal for abusing children in the Philippines.

"The Philippines is an incredibly poor country. It's tragic how these men use these poor children," said Tolfes.

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Your comments about this article

18:57 March 29, 2012 by stevo1
I would have thought if you were convicted of child pornography in the 90's as a country you would deny giving a passport, and revoke one if the offender had one. Isn't there any social responsibility in this country to protect children anywhere in the world?
20:35 March 29, 2012 by johan rebel
It would have been better if he had been convicted to 18 years in a jail in the Philippines.
20:48 March 29, 2012 by BritVik
The Swedish judiciary have a very strange attitude towards these sexual predators, and the punishment handed out is seldom more than a damned slap on the wrist. Totally agree with Johan Rebel.
21:26 March 29, 2012 by spo10
"The court found that the man's crimes deserved a punishment equivalent to two years in prison, but reduced the sentence in light of the man's old age."

Did it ever occurred to the court if this old pedo ever thought of the ages of those girls before he molested them? And yet they were considerate enough to think that he is old therefore reduced the what could have been a 2-year sentence? I bet you that man will live up to his 90s still looking at pictures of innocent girls. Sick.
21:46 March 29, 2012 by ironman294
The swedish justice system only wanted 2 YEARS? FOR RAPING 3 CHILDREN? but gave him 4 months less cause he is old? What a joke, if these judges got raped or their grandchildren, would they only give him 18 months?
23:06 March 29, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Just because he is in his 70's should matter one way or another he is still old enough to commit the crimes then he is old enough to take the punishment. If he ends up dying in jail so be it!! And as long as there are so many poor Countries out there this type of crime will continue to no end. Every time there is some type of a natural disaster in one of those Countries sick people will go there to exploit the innocent and commit these heinous crimes!!
03:52 March 30, 2012 by Da Goat
it clearly says he paid up ..... so they should bust him under the prostitution laws as well and add some more years on top!

probably guilty of piracy too add a couple more years!

by the way pead prefix means pre-pubescent so the bit about the preference for immature girls (boys) is tortology !
08:11 March 30, 2012 by Ballcocks
I have some spare timber and probably enough rope lying around. Any body fancy giving me a hand ?
15:54 March 30, 2012 by graceolsson
18 months? I feel that time very short. The ideal would be FOREVER IN JAIL. But not in jail in Sweden. The Swedish jails are mothers to compare with the jails in poor countries.

Poor children.
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