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Swedish teens in shock child rape reversal

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10:49 CEST+02:00
A 19-year-old woman from central Sweden who accused a 13-year-old boy of raping her has instead been convicted for sexually exploiting a minor.

The woman, who hails from the town of Skövde in central Sweden, initially accused the young boy of raping her after a sexual encounter the pair shared, wrote the local Nya Lidköpings-Tidningen newspaper on Wednesday.

But doubts about the woman's claims surfaced following an investigation into the matter, which instead led to the 19-year-old woman finding herself charged with child rape and for submitting a false statement to police.

Prosecutors took the case to Skaraborg District Court, which ruled that it was in fact the woman who was had taken the lead in the affair.

According to the court, the 19-year-old woman had lied in her witness testament about what had transpired between her and the 13-year-old boy.

The evidence, the court ruled, suggested that she had may have been guilty of child rape.

In the end, however, the court convicted the 19-year-old woman of sexually exploiting a minor, rather than child rape, for the sexual relations shared between the two.

Finding the 19-year-old guilty, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

In addition, she was ordered to to attend a “Relationships and Social Life” correctional programme (Relation och Samlevnad) offered by the Skövde criminal ward.

The woman has since confessed to both sexually exploiting the boy, and to giving a false statement about the incident to police.

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