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Sperm Sniffing Police Dog Helps Solve Rape Case In Sweden

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Meet Rapport Opus, Sweden's sperm sniffing police dog. This pooch can help crack rape cases, according to local officials. | Patric Söderström, Aftonbladet

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Authorities in Sweden have charged a 23-year-old man with rape after matching the suspect's DNA with evidence discovered by a sperm sniffing police dog, according to The Local.

The dog, an almost three-year-old German Shepherd named Rapport Opus, used his unique nose to track down a sperm sample at a crime scene in a Karlskrona where investigators believed a local man had forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, the report said.

"The technical evidence is very good," prosecutor Mårten Alvinsson told Sydöstran, a regional newspaper.

Rapports Opus is the only sperm sniffing dog in southern Sweden, according to B. G. Carlsson, the police officer who spent over a year training the pup. Carlsson will testify at the trial.

Gawker summed up the essence of the story: "As one commenter on the paper's site pointed out, the training sessions for Rapports Opus must have been pretty, uh, interesting?"

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