A 17-year-old migrant boy is facing jail time for allegedly raping a girl in the foster family he had been placed.
The court has moved in to place the suspect into special care and later prosecute him for child rape despite the suspect’s legal guardian pointing out the teenager’s progress at school and describing the event as “one-off”.
The victim said she was forced to have sex with the 17-year-old in April while the suspect admitted to having sex with her, not knowing it was illegal.
According to the culprit, in his defense during interrogation, this was normal and legal in his home country and he thought it was also the same in Sweden.
Despite his defense, it emerged that the accused was aware of the illegality of his actions after rules that apply in Sweden to sexual relations were explained to him at his previous accommodations.
The accused’s legal guardian said the 17-year-old does well at school and described the event as a “one-off” and stressed that taking the boy into special care would destroy his progress.
However, the administrative court thought otherwise and ruled to have the 17-year-old placed in special care for six months with immediate effect and will later be prosecuted for child rape.
According to Swedish law, the penalty for child rape varies between two and eight years’ prison.
There is belief that the accused may be over 20 years and may face a stiffer penalty.