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Swedish man accused of sex crimes against 63 young girls

A 22-year-old man has been charged with committing sex crimes against 63 girls throughout Sweden. The vast majority of the incidents were online abuse.

Swedish man accused of sex crimes against 63 young girls
The man primarily used Snapchat to find his victims. Photo: TT
According to prosecutors, the charges include rape, sexual assault, purchasing sexual acts and sexual exploitation. In all cases, the alleged crimes were committed against children, primarily girls between the ages of 12 and 14. Most of the alleged incidents occurred during the autumn of 2017. 
 
The suspect denied all allegations against him at the Borås District Court. He has been found guilty on similar charges four previous times. 
 
Prosecutors allege that the suspect used his Snapchat account to find his victims. In most cases, he pretended to be a younger boy and convinced the girls to send him nude photos or to record themselves performing sexual acts and then send him the videos. On several occasions, the man allegedly blackmailed the girls by telling them that he would distribute the images and videos if they did not do what he wanted.
 
Prosecutor Andrea Andersson said that the impact of the crimes varied amongst the victims. 
 
“Some of the girls have taken this very badly, others not so much. It is very individual how this affects you,” she said. 
 
The 22-year-old was sentenced to probation for his earlier offences and in one case was placed in youth detention. 

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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