Swede to appeal online rape conviction: lawyer

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Swede to appeal online rape conviction: lawyer

The 41-year-old Swedish man who was the first in the country to be sentenced to jail for online rape will appeal the court’s decision, his lawyer said.


A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced the man to 10 years in jail for raping and sexually assaulting 27 children by forcing them to carry out sexual acts on themselves or others online.
The Uppsala district court found the 41-year-old man guilty of the online rape or sexual assault of the children, most under the age of 15, in Canada, the United States and Scotland.
It was the first time a Swedish court has found someone guilty of rape for forcing a person to commit sexual acts on another person.
The man’s lawyer, Kronje Samuelsson, told the Associated Press on Friday that an appeal will be filed. The lawyer said that his client “has been convicted in a way that we do not think is correct."
The court ruled that the 41-year-old forced his victims to carry out sexual acts which they either filmed or live streamed for him. In some cases, he threatened the children or their families if they did not comply with his demands. 
"Such behaviour is the same as if the perpetrator committed the sexual acts on the victims himself," the court ruled. "In some cases ... the district court found that the violation which the sexual act entailed was so serious that the act is to be considered as rape or child rape."
The man was found guilty of four counts of aggravated child rape, for cases where the children were forced to commit sex acts on dogs and where one child was forced to commit sex acts on a younger child.
"The younger child in this case has been raped and because the man is the one who pushed and instructed the older child to do it, he has been convicted as the perpetrator," the court said.
In one case, the court found the man guilty of rape for forcing a girl to carry out sex acts on herself.
The man, who was ordered to pay damages to the victims, was also convicted of possessing child pornography as he had saved the films which he received. He had confessed to a number of the crimes but rejected the rape charges.
Legal experts say that the landmark decision in the case could toughen the definition of rape in Sweden. 


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