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Teen charged for nude ‘selfie’ Facebook post

A 16-year-old girl in southern Sweden has been charged for aggravated defamation after uploading a naked picture a classmate took of herself to Facebook.

Teen charged for nude 'selfie' Facebook post

The picture was taken by the victim herself, a “selfie” she sent to a boy in the school late last year, reported the Smålandsposten newspaper (SMP).

When the image went viral among the school via Facebook and other social media, police were called in to find out where the spread began.

It was traced back to a fake Facebook account, and police interrogation led to the name of the 16-year-old girl who has now been charged. She refused to admit how she got hold of the picture, and told officers that she regretted the move and was prepared to accept the consequences.

She added that she uploaded the picture as “revenge” for other posts on social media the victim had made previously, SMP wrote.

The 16-year-old will stand trial at the Växjö District Court on Friday for charges of defamation.

The incident is not the first involving teenage students posting private information to social media in Sweden.

In December, teens in Gothenburg rioted after an Instagram user set a “slut shaming” operation in motion on the image site listing the sexual habits of girls and boys in the school. The incident led to the conviction of two teen girls in June, who were ordered to pay a total of 570,000 kronor ($85,370) to their victims

And in May last year, a young woman whose phone was stolen was horrified to learn that her own nude photos of herself had been uploaded by the thief to her own Facebook account.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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