One of the heads of the Stockholm gay pride parade has been fired after other members of the organisation found out he had been found guilty of raping a 13-year-old boy in 2011.
The man, who later became one of the heads of Stockholm Pride, was previously a local Stockholm politician, and engaged in a sexual relationship with the 13-year-old boy after promising him a career on television in the United States. He is said to have given the boy several expensive gifts.
Britta Davidsohn, President of Stockholm Pride, said: “We received information from one of our member organisations that a person in our leadership is convicted of sexual offences. We did not know about it. Then I called the board where we decided to immediately take the person out of service. We also decided to consult a consultant to help us review the organization and develop a policy to ensure that this does not happen again,” Expressen reports.
Davidsohn said that the man did not put up any resistance regarding the decision and has amicably resigned from all of his previous assignments with the organisation.
While Davidsohn claimed the leadership had no knowledge of his prior child rape conviction, a board meeting revealed that some in the organisation did know about the man’s past.
“We are looking at this very seriously and we have been disappointed. That’s what we’re going to investigate now,” Davidsohn said.
This is not the first time a Swedish figure has been involved in inappropriate sexual contact with a child and forced to resign. Earlier this year a senior management official at Swedish public broadcaster SVT was caught attempting to buy the virginity of a 14-year-old girl.
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Following the rise of the #MeToo movement, Sweden has seen a string of sexual misconduct allegations against figures in the media and organisations like Soros-funded far-left activist movement Expo.
The movement has caused the Swedish government to propose even stricter rape legislation, to come into effect next summer. This will require prior permission to engage in sexual activity, leading some who fear mere verbal agreement would not stand up in court to believe it could ultimately require written consent.