97 sex criminals working in Swedish schools
Ninety-seven sex criminals, including convicted rapists, pedophiles and people who have been found guilty of child pornography are currently working with children in Swedish schools, according to daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
An additional 100 people currently under investigation for sex crimes are also employed by public Swedish schools.
"There is a risk that these people will commit crimes again," Ombudsman for Children Fredrik Malmberg told the newspaper.
Schools and youth centers are required to check if future employees have a police record when they are hired. The fact that dozens of sex criminals are nevertheless employed in schools is due to a legal loophole. Many of those identified as sex criminals were already employed when the crime was committed, thus, a background check completed when they were hired would not have shown any offense.
Among the sex criminals identified by the paper were a 60-year-old working as a teacher at a pre-school convicted of child pornography, a 25-year-old man found guilty of molesting a child in 2010, who works at a school in central Sweden and a 50-year-old convicted of rape who was allowed to continue to work for several months prior to sentencing.