Swedish authorities have failed to punish a 29-year-old summer camp counsellor who secretly filmed naked children.
The man evaded prosecution by fleeing to Thailand until the expiry of the statute of limitations for his crimes reports The Local.
In June 2007 the man was arrested after he was discovered recording children in saunas at the camp which lies north of Stockholm in an archipelago near Norrtalje. He was able to leave the country before formal charges were brought against him by the prosecution.
“It’s disgraceful that it’s so easy to avoid a trial and possible conviction,” said one of the parents of the children who were filmed. The man had previously been the subject of threats which allowed him protected identity. He apparently hid out in Thailand where he ignored numerous summonses until the expiry date.
His computer and recording equipment were returned reluctantly by police as per his request just hours after the deadline expired.
Prosecutors were left with no choice but to return the items but questioned legislation which allows potential criminals to avoid punishment in such a manner. “Obviously, you can get upset over how easy[sic] someone can have criminal suspicions against them written off,” said prosecutor Eva Thunegard.
According to the report the man may now be working in another country as a teacher.