Jailed after ‘accidentally’ downloading child porn

A man has been sentenced to ten months in prison for setting up a prostitution website and for downloading child porn, which he claimed he did by accident, according to a report in the Metro newspaper.

Jailed after 'accidentally' downloading child porn

The man, a 45-year-old from Botkyrka in Stockholm’s south, had set up a website in an effort to bring together prostitutes and customers in Sweden.

According to a police investigation, the man had built up the site over a period of seven years.

He even met up with several of the women after finding them online, having sex with them, and taking their photo to post on his website.

When police raided the man’s home in May 2009, they also found over 12,000 pictures and 250 films with child pornography. Of these, 100 of the images and 19 of the films were of a particularly graphic nature.

Police also found chat history on the man’s computers that indicated he had discussed and distributed child porn.

The man denies the crimes, even claiming that the child porn was downloaded “by mistake” when he was trying to access legal pornography.

The 45-year-old has now been sentenced to ten months in prison for aggravated child pornography crimes and pimping.

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Swedish pastor admits to buying sex

A pastor from central Sweden has been convicted of buying sex from a prostitute after being nabbed when police broke up a major pimping operation.

Swedish pastor admits to buying sex

The pastor, a man in his early fifties, was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 kronor ($2,300) and has been temporarily relieved of his duties with the Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan).

“What I did was really stupid and it’s something I deeply regret,” the pastor told the Expressen newspaper.

The pastor was home by himself looking at the websites of various escort services before deciding to call one of the numbers.

He requested to have a woman come to his home address where police, who had been tracking a suspected pimping operation with ties to Romania, were on hand to watch the pastor let the woman into his home.

The pastor then paid the woman 1,500 kronor before they both disrobed and engaged in sexual intercourse, he admitted to police during a subsequent interrogation, Expressen reported.

The case was tied to a large pimping operation through which young women from Romania were sold for sex to clients in Sweden. The operation was managed through a call-centre based in Romania.

“These woman were used as if they were on a conveyor belt,” detective Anders Nilshagen of the police’s human trafficking section told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Four men have since been convicted for their role in running the pimping ring, which was in operation for 18 months.

Meanwhile, he pastor has been temporarily stripped of his duties in the wake of the sex buying scandal.

“This can’t happen. It’s totally unacceptable,” Church of Sweden spokesman Pär Sandberg told DN.

The cathedral chapter is set to review the pastor’s case later this month and take a stand on his future with the church.

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