Man jailed in Sweden for child rape in Philippines

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STOCKHOLM—A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced a man to five years prison for a series of sex crimes against children including a rape in the Philippines and possession of more than 500,000 pornographic pictures featuring children.

The Kristianstad district court, in southern Sweden, found 45-year-old Patrick Johnsson guilty of raping a young child, planning further child rapes, aggravated child pornography, sexually assaulting children, and making children pose for sexually explicit pictures.

Johnsson, who according to the TT news agency is only the third person to ever be sentenced in Sweden for sex crimes committed against children abroad, was arrested in February.

At the time, he was in possession of 514,216 pornographic pictures of children and 10,230 video films, including ones portraying sexual assaults and rapes on young children and even infants, and was found to have spread the material widely, according to the court documents.

Among the pictures were a number documenting his own assaults on children, and the Kristianstand court said that at least one case, involving a girl in the Philippines aged four or five, should be considered rape.

When he was arrested, Johnsson had already purchased a new ticket to the Philippines, and a chat conversation over the Internet indicated he and an accomplice intended to sexually assault more children during that trip, according to the court documents.

The prosecutor in the case, Maans Bjoerklund, had demanded eight years behind bars for Johnsson and told TT Tuesday he was considering appealing the verdict.

Helena Karlen, who heads the Swedish branch of the global anti-child prostitution network Ecpat, meanwhile said she was pleased with the verdict and especially the message it sent.

“It is important that the public opens its eyes to these crimes and realises that assaults, even committed on the other side of the planet, can be prosecuted at home in Sweden,” she told TT.

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  • Anonymous

    When the Philippine Bureau of Immigration refuses to enact empowerment over incoming visa holders from foreign countries, by telling each foreign government if their applicants for visas to the Philippines has any form of crime above a traffic ticket, they cannot be welcomed in the Philippines under conditions established by intelligent BI attorneys laying out the rules of entrance!  To blazes with “Tourism”.  Too many excuses do not protect Filipino’s. 

    The start to protect society from these criminals begins with starting to eliminate these people from getting into the Philippines.  The first paragraph above says this.  But, when the Philippines itself has sex-for-hire syndicates, incorporating children as young as age 1 year to 90 years old to satisfy the sick demands of these abusers, and nothing is accomplished to stop it…even foreign aid coming in just for the purpose of eliminating the sex trafficking problem, that money does not go to the intended-end at all, rather it runs its twisted routes direct to politician’s and their personal foreign bank accounts. 

    Any country should punish criminals, but jail is too nice a place for people like in the article.  A bullet would take care of the issue once and for all.  Even in the Philippines, the death penalty is being demanded by the majority there, and where is it?  What’s the government doing to bring the Death Penalty back into law…that same law that Gloria Arroyo lifted just for herself and her crony base?  Nothing at all.  If it was my child one of these nasty peddies touched, I would personally hang the guy myself!  He would not make it to criminal court! 

  • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

    If this bASS turd ever steps his foot in the PH again, he should be hog tied and handed over to the Abu Sayef to have his balls cut off, then his heads.

  • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

    For the sake of responsible journalism, the Inquirer and all media posts should shown a photograph of this scum bag so that we know what he looks like.

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t all countries take the cue from Sweden? It would certainly give a tremendous boost to the fight against criminality. It would literally give new meaning to the caveat: you can run but you can’t hide from the law.

    • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

      Are you serious? That is a joke. A Swedish jail is more comfortable than 90% of how the average person in a third world country lives. They should send him to a jail in the PH where he contaminated the lives of so many innocent children. Find his accomplices in the PH, and put them all in jail. That would be the first step toward justice. We still want to see a photo of this A hole creep.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with one comment earlier. If he ever comes back here in the Philippines, i suggest we turn him over to the most vicious people inside the bilibid and order them to gang rape him until he bleeds. Then,ask them to cut off his balls and make him eat it. No chewing, force him to swallow them whole.  

  • Anonymous

    the 40% estimate by the us consul is not far fetch. maraming pinoy na bugaw, minsan mismong magulang pa nga.

  • Anonymous

    The sad thing is that he will have 5 star treatment here in the Swedish jail,,i would preferred he was jailed in PH instead!!!

    There are no excuse for what he did to his victims and to the Swedish people

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