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Swedish pastor jailed for prayer circle rape

The Local · 18 Aug 2012, 10:16

Published: 18 Aug 2012 10:16 GMT+02:00

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The married father of several children was sentenced at Södertörns district court in July in spite of his denials.

The man claimed that in fact it was he that had been raped by the woman, telling the court that once he had freed himself from "the grip of her limbs" he knelt by the side of the bed and prayed.

The pastor became friends with the woman at the prayer group and when she sought help finding a new room mate he offered to help, suggesting another single female member of the congregation.

But when the man turned up at the woman's apartment, he came alone, bearing only a condom.

The pastor proceeded to suggest that the pair live in the apartment together, a suggestion the woman dismissed out of hand as she had no intention of living with a man.

After a conversation lasting around an hour, the woman rose to go to the toilet and when she opened the door found herself confronted by the pastor who dragged her into the bedroom and raped her.

The woman was left injured and shocked by the incident and has not been able to return to work since.

The newspaper reported that the pastor had previously been forced out of a Pentecostalist church in Stockholm after members of the congregation accused him of molestation.

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On that occasion, three years ago, the police were not informed.

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12:01 August 18, 2012 by StockholmSam
"The newspaper reported that the pastor had previously been forced out of a Pentecostalist church in Stockholm after members of the congregation accused him of molestation.

On that occasion, three years ago, the police were not informed."

So the good ol' God-fearing, self-righteous church-goers decided not to inform the authorities of this pervert's previous actions presumably because it would damage the reputation of the church and now an innocent woman has paid the price for their ignorance. Nice. All religions should die.
15:10 August 18, 2012 by Amadeus8888
"All religions should die. " Including atheism? Self proclaimed atheist governments killed more than 100 million people in the 20th century (USSR, Communist China, Pol Pot, etc).
15:19 August 18, 2012 by Borilla

Your ignorance is showing. USSR, Communist China, "Pol Pot", etc., were religions, USSR worshiping Marx, then Lenin and then Stalin, Communist China worshiped Mao. "Pol Pot" speaks for itself. Don't forget to throw in Nazi Germany and Hitler. Whether your worship a little old invisible man who talks to you from the sky, a pedophile who was afraid of women and dogs, or a "great leader", it is still a religion. How many Jews and Muslims died in the name of Jesus and how many christians and Jews died in the name of Allah?
15:46 August 18, 2012 by Avidror
#2 and #3.

HAve you realized this about rape, not religion?
15:52 August 18, 2012 by engagebrain

Hitler was a catholic and mades many references to god.

If your point is that many very hierachical organizations resemble religions, then fine lets get rid of them and religions.

Basically a predatory rapist has used the access and authority that his church gave him and the church, despite warnings, let him continue /n ot really different from the catholics.
17:16 August 18, 2012 by David M
We need to kill sports as well; coaches do the same thing.
18:09 August 18, 2012 by StockholmSam
@Avidror (#4)

I would say that religion is a HUGE theme in this situation, seeing as his church enabled him to continue to violate his sworn religious ethos. They felt that they (and he) were somehow outside of (or above) the laws of the nation that all other people are required to follow. If you witness a crime, you are obligated by law to report it. Otherwise, you become an accessory...and an enabler. If not for reasons of protecting the church, why else would an entire group of church members force him out of their congregation for molestation? Did they somehow arrive at the same conclusion without any consideration of their spiritual position? I don't think so.

And Amadeus8888 (#2)

Point taken. However, the regimes you mention based their atrocities on political and economic motives, not merely on anti-god/anti-religious motives. I realize there are plenty of good people in religions, but apparently not in the congregation that forced the pastor out without reporting him to authorities. They are as responsible for this as he is.
22:04 August 18, 2012 by old git
this man is responsible not his religion whatever it is.

If he did rape this woman ...whatever rape is in the Swedish legal system....2 yrs is ridiculous. Remind me what did the pirate bay guys get...? oh yeah they stopped some huge corporations from making even more bucks
09:57 August 19, 2012 by hjoian
I suppose a 2 year sentence is supposed to scare off any would be rapist into thinking again about committing such an act? Forget about chemical castration, how about physical castration and a tattoo on the forehead spelling "RAPIST" ? Of course ,that would be an inhuman thing to do and probably violating the rapists human rights.........

I believe the victim of the crime should be the one to decide the punishment.
10:28 August 19, 2012 by jostein
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
13:41 August 19, 2012 by StockholmSam
@old git (#8)

Of course this man is responsible, but given that the church members knew he molested other kids and decided not to report it to authorities shows that they see this as a reflection on their organization, too. And the fact that they shunned the legal process in hopes of avoiding being linked to his actions served only to empower him to commit the later act. The church members were too concerned with their own image to consider that the rest of us needed to be protected from this monster. It is very much an issue of religion.
17:17 August 19, 2012 by jostein
Please stop slandering my ethnicity thelocal? Its perfectly fine to write pentacostalist pastor instead of SWEDISH pentacostalist pastor in cases such as these.

Out of consideration for the majority people of your host country if nothing else. If you even understand terms such as consideration, honesty and decency?
17:57 August 19, 2012 by BackpackerKev
2 Years .. w.t.f or should i say W.T.F!
23:20 August 19, 2012 by old git

I dont like giving lessons too much, but at least get some things straight before climbing on your iindignant high horse.

Slander is a spoken untruth. (easy, s for spoken) which can harm someone's reputation etc.

here it's a written truth, so not even libellous...it might harm your reputation though...
23:53 August 19, 2012 by jostein
Calling an angolan a swede is speaking an untruth. Thus thelocal is slandering swedes. Thus the reputation you should be concerned about is your very own lying self.

Obviously thelocal could have been referring to the piece of paper called swedish citizenship in their article. However, by explicitly writing out SWEDISH when sedish is both an ethnicity and a citizenship they are at the very least guilty of misinformation and obfuscation. You old git picked your side. The side of lies and deceit and slander. Happy siding.
16:59 August 20, 2012 by Avidror
@ Sctockholm Sam.

The Pentecostalist Church enabled him to keep a position as a pastor so religion is a huge theme in this case. Then, if a bank keeps a sexual harasser in his post after complaints by his female colleagues, should economics be a huge theme in such case?

The problem is actually the alleged rape itself. What happens here is that religion has become a politicized issue so cases like this are used to politically attack religion. It's precisely this what makes many religious institutions to avoid taking serious measures against rapist pastors and priests.
17:47 August 20, 2012 by Rod Munch
Agreed with Jostein. Why say the pastor is Swedish when he is obviously not? Ridiculous.
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