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‘Idiot’ prosecutor fined after sex-buy sting

A top Swedish prosecutor arrested in Stockholm for buying sex while he was on duty to register sexual crimes reports coming in from the police has pleaded guilty and been fined.

'Idiot' prosecutor fined after sex-buy sting

The man was arrested in February after spending an evening with a woman in a central Stockholm hotel, having reportedly paid 1,500 kronor ($232) for sex.

At the time, officers were surprised to learn that the sex-buyer they had in custody was actually the prosecutor on duty to whom they should report the crime he had just been detained for.

At first the prosecutor stubbornly tired to convince the policemen to look the other way and free him, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported. Paradoxically, he also during interrogation said it wasn’t the first time he had paid for sex, a criminal offence in Sweden.

A search by police through the prosecutor’s confiscated telephone revealed he had asked the woman in a text message if she would perform oral sex without a condom and if the hotel was a safe place for them to meet.

“I was such an idiot,” he told police during an interrogation.

He later confessed to the crime and has now been ordered to pay a fine of roughly 2,000 kronor.

As the man is expected to lose his job which has a monthly 72,000-kronor salary, the fine was income adjusted, which explains why it was at the low end of the scale.

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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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