Politician arrested after sex with disabled woman
12 Apr 2012, 11:49
Published: 12 Apr 2012 11:49 GMT+02:00
The assault, which occurred in Hudiksvall, northern Sweden, in January, was witnessed by police who found the man making his move on the woman in a parked car in the woods, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The politician, whose day job was as a disabled transportation driver, drove the woman every day and had long been suspected by the woman’s family, who tipped off the police after following the car on the day of the assault.
The woman’s family had previously contacted the Gävleborg county council in December with their suspicions, however no investigation was forthcoming.
It has since come to light that more than one attack took place, and that the 30-year-old woman was subjected to several molestations between September and December last year.
The man, who is reportedly in his fifties, denied the crimes and has claimed that the sexual acts were consensual.
Prosecutor Peter Helsing allegedly wanted to have the man held on the grounds of rape, however the crime has since been labelled as sexual exploitation of a person in a position of dependence.
“Sexual offences against a disabled person and above all someone who is dependent on the suspect are very serious crimes. Even worse when it’s happened several times,” he said to the paper.