Senior Stockholm school employee charged with ‘gross sexual abuse’ of students

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A senior leader at a school in Stockholm has been charged with several cases of sexual abuse of pupils. He is also suspected of abuse during his time as an employee at other schools in Stockholm.

The man in his 40s previously worked at a low and middle school in Stockholm. He was arrested in January and detained shortly thereafter. The man is now released from detention, but on Thursday he will appear in Stockholm’s district court where he is charged with several cases of sexual abuse of children who have been his students.

The latest case concerns a then nine-year-old boy who, according to the prosecution, was subjected to gross sexual abuse during the spring of 2017. The assaults should have taken place at least 20 occasions at the school, usually in a reading corner, by the school leader smearing the student’s sex inside the clothes. At one time the man also took the student to his home during school hours and subjected him to abuse.

Parents of other children at school, with whom SVT Nyheter spoke, are overwhelmed by what has happened.

– I didn’t believe it at first. My rationale I said, “We can never know that. It is only the child and him who knows the truth. We wait to judge him in anticipation of any evidence.

“But when my emotions got over, I feared that my child had been exposed to something, says one parent and continues:

– He was an incredibly committed and caring person who always made that little extra. He was the best teacher, but now I’m afraid we were all manipulated for completely different purposes.

– SVT

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