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Politician jailed after sex with disabled woman

A Swedish local politician who also worked driving vehicles to transport disabled people has been jailed for molesting a disabled woman after being caught having sex with the woman in the back of his van.

Politician jailed after sex with disabled woman
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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.

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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Swedish NBA star won’t play amid assault probe

Swedish-American Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets will not be involved in team activities as the basketball association and police probe the domestic assault charge against him.

Swedish NBA star won't play amid assault probe
Jeffery Taylor in action for Sweden against Russia in 2013. AP Photo

The team, in a statement Friday, did not characterize its action as a suspension, and indicated Taylor agreed to the measure.

"As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution," the Hornets said.

"We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."

Taylor was arrested and charged on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

The 25-year-old was arraigned and has been formally charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel at around 1:00 am on Thursday.
 

Taylor, a 25-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden. He is about to enter his third season in the NBA. He holds dual Swedish and American citizenship

He missed most of last season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in December.

His arrest came just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was reviewing its policies on domestic violence in light of the public relations crisis the NFL is facing over its handling of several such cases involving high-profile players.

That included the NFL's clumsy handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his future wife unconscious in a casino elevator in February.

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