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Swedish Sportscaster Accused of Groping Teen in Florida Park

Bo Gunnar Hansson faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor

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    Swedish Sportscaster Accused of Groping Teen at Park

    Well-known retired Swedish sportscaster Bo Hansson is accused of groping a teenage boy at a park in Coral Springs. NBC 6's Marissa Bagg reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019)

    A well-known retired sportscaster from Sweden is accused of groping a teenage boy at a park in Broward County.

    Coral Springs police said 85-year-old Bo Gunnar Hansson approached a 13-year-old boy at Fern Glen Park on Jan. 3 and tried to assist him on the monkey bars without permission.

    Hansson grabbed the victim's legs and continued to touch him up to his leg closer to his "private" parts, prosecutors said. The victim became uncomfortable, so he jumped off the monkey bars, and Hansson followed him to the sit-up benches.

    Police said Hansson told the victim to do sit-ups and held onto his feet. When he touched the victim over his pants and groped him, the victim got up and ran away, according to an arrest report.

    Hansson is also accused of another incident the next day at a park in Margate, where he allegedly approached two teenage boys and asked them about their workout routines. Hansson also allegedly tried to grab one of the teen's shirts and asked to see his muscles.

    "It's concerning that the suspect has been at multiple parks here approaching these juveniles," Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek said. "He did speak with detectives, admitted to having contact with them but not inappropriate, based on his description of events."

    Hansson faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor, according to an arrest report. A judge imposed a $100,000 bond, GPS monitor ankle bracelet, ordered no contact with the victim or any minors and to surrender his passport.

    Hansson is one of the most famous TV personalities in Sweden, where he was a longtime sports journalist and commentator who covered the Olympics, World Cups and other big sporting events.

    "We don't see any prior history, obviously being that he's not from here we're still looking into any potential incidents prior to this," Kmiotek said.

    Anyone with information about the suspect should call Coral Springs police at 954-346-1222.