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Teen girl 'agreed to be kidnapped', suspect freed

19 Jul 2012, 08:32

Published: 19 Jul 2012 08:32 GMT+02:00

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"My client has just been released and the preliminary investigation has been dropped," the 32-year-old's lawyer, Thomas Ljungdahl, told the local Kristianstadsbladet newspaper on Wednesday.

The man had been held since he was arrested in Malmö on the evening of July 3rd after the girl's parents called police to say the 16-year-old had been kidnapped.

They reported having received a text message from their daughter saying she was being held captive by the 32-year-old, with whom she had first come to know through contacts made on an internet chat room.

By the time police caught up with the man, he had driven her more than 100 kilometres from her home of Kristianstad in southern Sweden to the Rosengård district of Malmö.

Suspicions that the girl had been kidnapped were strengthened when police found her wearing handcuffs in the back of the man's car.

Due to the serious nature of the criminal suspicions against him, the 32-year-old was ordered held on remand while prosecutors investigated the case.

However, a search of the man's computer revealed evidence that the 16-year-old had actually been a willing participant in her own mock abduction.

"The plaintiff had agreed to everything that happened, which was confirmed by a review of the 32-year-old's computer," Ljungahl told the paper.

"Due to the special circumstances of the case, it's not possible to back up accusations that a crime has taken place."

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Attempts to reach the prosecutor for comment on the case were unsuccessful.

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09:22 July 19, 2012 by muscle
ummm i dont understand. even if she agreed for kidnapping stunt... why the hell was she wearing handcuffs :S...

participating in kidnapping stunt, IN MY OPINION, should be only to pretend to the world that you are being kidnapped. Not that in private you need to act the same :P its not a game in the bed :P
10:09 July 19, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
I think this man is a sexual predator who convinced a VERY young girl to do something very stupid. We know kids can easily be convinced to do things, and no 16 year old would think something up like this on her own in my opinion. Man if I was the girls father...
10:55 July 19, 2012 by krattan
Young persons often do stupid thinks to get attention. Something is probably lacking in the home area. Something the father should rather concentrate on.
11:27 July 19, 2012 by cmbsweden
Post #2 I get your visceral reaction; I am a father of a young daughter, but in all fairness, I am sure his computer was investigated quite thoroughly...he may not have known she was 16...etc, etc....

There are too many unknowns to pass a judgement such as yours....now is the guy an idiot? That goes without saying..........
18:22 July 19, 2012 by Penguintopia
@ bourgeoisieboheme - 16 is not a VERY young girl. She is above the national age of consent. Was she foolish? Very probably. Was he foolish? Very probably. We don't have enough facts to know exactly what went on, but it is perfectly legal in Sweden for a 16 year old to have sex.

The police and prosecutors investigated and found she was a willing participant. Foolish probably, but not illegal.

If you don't like that, then change the consent laws. But I suggest that's a bad idea. 16 is a reasonable age of consent. And I say this as the father of a 16 year old girl.
21:03 July 19, 2012 by bow290
hey Penguintopia,

introduce me to ur 16yr old daughter. i'm 36 though... is that ok!?
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