news post by Ankush on 01 Dec 2017,Friday
A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a man to 10 years in prison, after finding him guilty of ‘online rape’. The 41-year-old man coerced 27 teenagers in the US, Canada, and Britain between 2015 and 2017 to perform sexual acts in front of webcams. This is the first time Sweden has convicted someone of rape over the internet.
The 41-year-old threatened to post photos of his victims on porn sites or kill their relatives if they didn’t perform sexual acts for him. “They were very scared,” prosecutor Annika Wennerström said in October, as cited by the National Post. “The ones that we interviewed, they described that they had no choice. They did as they were told.”
The online rapes came to light when authorities investigated Samstrom for a separate alleged sex crime involving Swedish complainants, and discovered he had video recordings of the teen girls, Wennerström said last month. The 41-year-old’s voice could be heard in some of the footage, she said, as cited by the Canadian Press.
The case is a win for Wennerström, who previously said that she and fellow prosecutors were “really challenging the court now with this case.” She noted that “it’s only the sexual predator’s imagination that sets the limits…
“The technology knows no limits. So we have to adapt our mindset to, ‘What can a rape be?’ We say a rape can be different things. You don’t always have to have the textbook case of a physical attack or physical coercion.”
“It’s easy to cross the line, a lot easier than going to a playground and finding a victim,” she said. “(But) we do not take this lightly. These are real crimes, with a virtual tool.”