Hansson, 85, is charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on a minor. He is being held in Broward’s Main Jail on $100,000 bond. He was deemed a flight risk because he had already purchased a return ticket to Sweden and was ordered to surrender his passport. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the incidents occurred Fern Glen Park in Coral springs and an unnamed public park in Margate.
The Coral Springs incident occurred on January 3. Hansson reportedly tried to “assist” a 13-year-old boy who was using monkey bars and moved his hands up the teen’s pants to get closer to his “private” parts. The teen became uncomfortable and moved to a sit-up bench. Hansson allegedly followed him and held his feet down for him. He again move his hands up the boy’s legs and this time groped him in the groin area.
The teen got up and ran away, the report said. He told investigators that he didn’t know Hansson and that this was the first time they had interacted, but he had seen him in the park on several occasions.
The Margate incident occurred the next day. Police say Hansson approached two boys at the park and started asking them about their fitness routines. He then attempted to grab one of the boy’s shirts and asked to “see his muscles,” the report said. One of the teens pushed his hand away and called the police.
When interviewed by police, Hansson reportedly admitted to having contact with the teens, but he denied doing anything inappropriate.
Hansson is reportedly a well-known TV personality in Sweden, where he worked as a sports journalist and commentator covering several big sporting events, including Worlds Cups and the Olympics. News sources say he travels to Florida from Sweden for about a month every year.
Another incident of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor by an adult was reported in Doral last week. Taekwondo instructor Sebastian Hanul Choi was arrested on January 8 for allegedly forcing a female student to perform oral sex on him.
Choi, 22, faces charges of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child. He is being held without bond. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the student was molested three years ago when she was 10 years old at Team Taekwondo in Doral, Florida. Choi, who 19 at the time, was her instructor and PE teacher. The victim told her parents she was repeatedly molested by Choi in 2015, when he reportedly forced her to touch his genitals and perform oral sex on him.
Following his arrest, Choi has been suspended from USA Taekwondo and is ineligible or any USA Taekwondo-related activities pending the outcome of the investigation.
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