Police catch up with 79-year-old sex offender

Sten Erik Eriksson, a 79-year-old sex offender and dangerous convicted paedophile who escaped while on a leave of absence on Tuesday, was detained by police shortly before midnight while on a train to Oslo.

Police catch up with 79-year-old sex offender

The 79-year-old was found on a train from Stockholm to Oslo and was arrested in Charlottenberg, the last stop before the border.

“Several people called, independent of each other, from the train and informed the police that the wanted 79-year-old was on board,” said Morgan Connedal at Värmland police to news agency TT.

Rail operator SJ halted the train between stations so that police units were able to make it to Charlottenberg where the man could be detained.

The arrest was conducted without any drama, according to Connedal.

Police drove Eriksson back to Sankt Göran’s Hospital in Stockholm during the night.

The man has told police that he took a taxi to Strängnäs from Mariefred where he was able to evade his two supervisors during home leave. From Strängnäs he continued his escape by train.

Sten Erik Eriksson has been convicted of a raft of serious sex offences against children and for the murder of a little boy. He has spent a large part of his life in custody and is still regarded as dangerous, especially for small children.

Police sounded a national alarm after the man classified as a dangerous paedophile was able to escape.

According to the Aftonbladet daily, Eriksson was first convicted in the 1940s and was taken into what was then known as a mental institution. He has been convicted for violent offences involving children, and for the rape and murder of a little boy in 1967.

After the murder he was placed in psychiatric care and has since then been interned at Karsudden’s hospital outside of Katrineholm and Sankt Sigfrid’s hospital in Växjö. Over the past six months he has been at Sankt Göran’s hospital in Stockholm.

Eriksson has previously escaped on several occasions. In 1998 he ran from supervisors during a leave of absence from Sankt Sigfrid’s hospital and was arrested several days later in Örnsköldsvik.

It is as yet unclear how the man was able to evade his supervisors in Mariefred.

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Catholic church in Valais rocked by new sex abuse claims

Accusations of historic sexual abuse have been made against around ten Catholic priests in the bishopric of Sion in the canton of Valais.

Catholic church in Valais rocked by new sex abuse claims
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The bishop of Sion, Jean-Marie Lovey, has asked the victims for forgiveness, the Swiss news agency SDA reported, quoting Radio Rhône FM.

It said the abuse of children and young people happened between the 1950s and 1990s, and all the cases were now too old for a prosecution to take place.

The paedophile priests were identified after some ten victims went to the diocese of Sion with abuse allegations last year.

Three of the accused clergymen are still alive.

One of the victims told the radio the numbers of reported abuse cases did not correspond to the reality.

He said he had met around 50 other victims in Valais, many of whom did not want to talk about what they had experienced.

The man accused the church of a cover-up, saying previous bishops had known about the sexual abuse but had done nothing except move some priests to other parishes.

But Bishop Lovey, who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014, denied there had been an attempt to cover up the abuse.

He said priests were moved to other parishes as a preventive measure.

Between 2010 and 2016, around 220 victims informed the Swiss church authorities of abuse by ordained clergy between 1950 and 1990, SDA said.

The latest cases in Valais will be included in the church’s statistics for 2017, which have not yet been published.

In February 2017 the Swiss Bishops Conference set up a commission charged with awarding compensation to victims of historic sex abuse by Swiss priests.

The leading church authority announced it had created a 500,000 franc reparations fund to pay compensation to victims who no longer have the right to seek redress in court since the statute of limitations has passed.