Swede convicted of 'online' rape for coercing young teens

His conviction for online rape was the first of its type in Sweden


Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Swede convicted of rape over the internet after coercing teenagers in Canada, Britain and the United States to perform sexual acts in front of webcams, will appeal the verdict.

Defense lawyer Kronje Samuelsson told The Associated Press Friday that Bjorn Samstrom "has been convicted in a way that we do not think is correct."

A verdict is handed out to media at Uppsala District Court, Uppsala, Sweden Thursday Nov. 30, 2017. (Akvelina Smed/TT via AP)
A verdict is handed out to media at Uppsala District Court, Uppsala, Sweden Thursday Nov. 30, 2017. (Akvelina Smed/TT via AP)

On Thursday, a court found Samstrom, 41, guilty of online sexual offenses against 27 children between 2015 and early 2017 after threatening to post photos of his victims on porn sites or kill their relatives unless they performed for him. He denies rape.

Samstrom has admitted making contact with the children but claims he cannot recollect asking them to perform for him.

His conviction for online rape was the first of its type in Sweden.

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