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Politician jailed after sex with disabled woman

14 Jun 2012, 10:35

Published: 14 Jun 2012 10:35 GMT+02:00

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The man was arrested after a tip from the concerned family of the disabled woman led police to the man's vehicle, which he'd parked on a deserted forest road outside in Hudiksvall in northern Sweden in January of this year.

When they entered the van, police caught the man in the act.

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.

It was subsequently revealed that the man had had sex with the disabled woman on a number of occasions between September and December last year.

During his trial, the man claimed that he and the woman were in a romantic relationship, but the court didn't buy the man's explanation.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

"The woman is dependent on being transported between her home and her daily activities and was in a dependent position vis-a-vis the driver," the Hudiksvall District Court wrote in its ruling, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Despite the conviction, the man can continue to work as a politician, according to the local party chair.

"We don't have any legal way to remove him from the political assignment he has, but are going to try to get him to resign himself," the party official told Aftonbladet.

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In addition to being sentenced to prison, the man was also ordered to pay 85,000 kronor ($12,100) in compensation to the disabled woman.

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11:02 June 14, 2012 by NyDag
Filthy Swine. Can someone dig up the police report? Really irritating the way the media here has to cover up the names of criminals. Criminals are criminals and they should be treated as such no matter what.
11:13 June 14, 2012 by CarlBlack
Why don't I see the opinion of the woman? Was she mentally disabled so that her family has to decide instead of her? If not and she agreed with it, I don't see the point of conviction. Does any law say that someone's driver cannot have sex with the carried person?
12:17 June 14, 2012 by RobinHood
There is nothing In the above to show the woman was unwilling or unable to give her consent? Whilst the driver may have been unprofessional, the concept that a disabled person's consent is in some way substandard, is demeaning.

Disabled people are as entitled to a sex life as much as anyone else.
13:08 June 14, 2012 by notaswed
Totally agree @CarlBlack and @RobinHood, the woman has an opinion. Why should the Police arrest this man simply because he is having sex with his "lover" who happens to be his client..?? Are there any professional codes for drivers that prohibits sexual affaires with clients in Sweden? Or is it illegal to have sexual affair in public?? I cannot seriously understand why he should be jailed, since the reportage does not mention any forceful act on the part of the man. Or is the lady a minor? This is incomplete and incomprehensible report. TL should do much better.
15:29 June 14, 2012 by BeckyJL
The man would not have been arrested if she were able to give consent- there is certainly no law in the UK preventing my disabled mother having relations; she is only physically disabled. I certainly wouldn't be here if there were a law that would prevent her doing so!

No... I think that they have simply forgotten to mention that the woman in this article is unable to consent to the relationship.
15:39 June 14, 2012 by k2kats
I agree that critical details are sorely lacking, but let's not forget the physical and psychological power imbalance here.

As someone who could conceivably physically overpower any objections and who was this woman's only transport, these two were not on equal footing.
15:53 June 14, 2012 by G Kin
Looks like another double standard against men and even against disabled persons.

This article needs to tell us more to justify the criminality of the sexual act and THE RATHER SEVERE PUNISHMENT of 18 months imprisonment.

Is the woman unable to give consent?

Was she forced or under duress to have sex?.

If not then we can frown at the unprofessional manner the man conducted himself. The frowning shouldn't go that far in the criminal scale.

Who knows, there might be a political motive to this sentence...A opportunity for political opponents to tarnish him :(
16:04 June 14, 2012 by Breizh

any supposition about the criminals' ethnicity? religion? Does this crime sounds "swedish" to you or will you blame a specific ethnic group? You re a swine too, a different one though.
16:28 June 14, 2012 by strixy
Is it possible that they had an affair and the family cannot cope with the fact that disabled people have needs too? I've worked with disabled people and their parents and you would not believe how narrow-minded and bigoted some families are despite the appearance of educated and open-minded.
22:26 June 14, 2012 by wxman
I agree, the fact that the woman is disabled is irrelevant to the story. If he forced himself, then it's a crime regardless of her condition, and if it was consentual, then her disability is unrelated to the crime. Actually, some do-gooders are so condescending. Do they think that disabled people are unable to make adult decisions and need the do-gooder to act in their behalf? Busybodies need to mind their own business and keep out of everyone else's.
07:53 June 15, 2012 by prince T
@Breizh you are right. this is an ethnic crime, abusing the less priviledged.

After watching some the eufa matches, i am strongly convinced that swedish men like nydag and co are like the russians and ukrainian racist. they will like to show nazi salute, beat up immigrants and so on. the only problem with swedish men is that they have no balls. in their heart, they are exactly like the russian racists. they is why they pounce on dead bodies, animals, children and the disabled.
09:17 June 15, 2012 by Breizh
@prince t, thanks for your support but i don't share your view, first a disability is not constituting an ethnic group, you have misunderstood and distorted my point.

Secondly you are generalizing so repulsively the Swedish men group that any argument you might have is ultimately null and void. There are plenty coragous swedes, not least on politician/historical level, just naming Raoul Wallenberg because of the latest infos but also Folke Bernadotte, Olof Palme, Dag Hammarskjöld ... And taking eufa matches to base your analysis is totally irrelevant.
13:21 June 15, 2012 by BeckyJL
@PrinceT... Please take your bile elsewhere... I have reported you for racist/xenophobic or whatever remarks, abusive language etc etc... I am utterly utterly shocked that your comment has been allowed to persist for this many hours!

Also, on the whole I completely disapprove of the bullying of NYDag. I have no idea what he has done and nor do I care of it. We are not children.

Perhaps we could stick to the topic?

Good day. I genuinely mean that, perhaps the sunny weather will lighten your moods and you will see that spreading happiness is better than simply flooding your own lives with bile.
14:56 June 15, 2012 by Twiceshy
@k2kats: If people were jailed for relationships that are not on an "equal footing" we would have to build a lot more jails...
20:56 June 15, 2012 by prince T
@breizh. I do not suppor u at all. Of course not all swedish men fall into that category. It is ok to generalise wen it is immigrant. I meatn sex with Dead bodies, disabled and so on. I am swedish and i u cannot call me racist. When Nydag was having field day, nobody complained. I hope TL are happy now.
12:44 June 16, 2012 by BeckyJL
It is possible to be racist against your own nation actually. But that's beside the point.

Your comments were vulgar! Child rape is not to be made light of, nor bestiality... Perhaps I am too much of a soft touch but I am disappointed in some of the comments made by posters on this website that are not only vulgar but seem to be supported by the site admin (in that they have not been removed.)

I think I will hang up my coat in terms of posting here, I am looking for help regarding finding work and becoming a Swede but I don't think that this site is about that :)
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