Content warning: This story is about sexual assault.
Damien Eie, a longtime DJ and event organizer in Stockholm, has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for the rape and physical abuse of a 14-year-old boy.
According to Aftonbladet, Damien Eie (real name Aegir Jonsson) met the boy (who has not been named for safety purposes) on the dating app Grindr. They messaged back and forth before meeting for the first time, at which point Jonsson forced himself on the boy. They met four more times as the boy said he was afraid to refuse Aegir’s invitations.
When the boy finally told Jonsson he didn’t want to meet anymore, the DJ threatened to post compromising photos of him all over his neighborhood if he did not pay him 3,500 Swedish krona in exchange for deleting them. They met once again, and Jonsson shoved the boy into the ground while gripping him by the neck before he managed to get away.
Jonsson told police that the boy claimed to be 17 and he had no reason to believe otherwise. Grindr has an age limit of 18 among its users, but the age of consent in Sweden is 15. In addition to rape and sexual assault, Aegir has been charged with contacting a minor for sexual purposes.
Resident Advisor reports that Jonsson is in his 50s and has played a significant role in Sweden’s techno scene since the ’90s. In 2017, he started a far-left political party called Technopartiet which he described as “anarchist” and “ultra-liberal.”
Magnus Eriksson, the lawyer representing Damien Eie, has said that the court’s decision will likely be appealed.