Thursday, 24 February 2011

SIDS: Germany: Sexual abuse of own children

Feb 10, 2011, 14:48 GM

Koblenz, Germany - A 48-year-old man is due in court in western Germany next week on charges that he fathered eight children with a stepdaughter, abused a biological daughter and forced both into prostitution, one of the victims' lawyers said on Thursday.
The man, who has been in pre-trial custody since August 2010, is also accused of having abused a stepson, lawyer Katharina Hellwig told the German Press Agency dpa.
The family lived in the centre of Fluterschen, a village in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with some 750 inhabitants.
Police arrested the man after the 28-year-old stepdaughter found a suicide note written by the 18-year-old daughter and forwarded it to youth welfare officials.
The suspect is married to the mother of the 28-year-old, said Hellwig, who represents the young woman. The man adopted both her and two sons from his wife's previous marriage.
The couple also had two children of their own, including the 18- year-old daughter.
Police say the unemployed man sexually abused her and two of his stepchildren between 1987 and 2010. The daughter and stepdaughter were allegedly also forced into selling sex to other men.
The eight children the man is additionally accused of having fathered with the stepdaughter were conceived between 1999 and 2009.
The first child, a boy, reportedly died a few weeks after his birth due to sudden infant death syndrome. All of the other children attended kindergarten and school in a neighbouring community, according to Hellwig.
The children and their 28-year-old mother no longer live in Fluterschen, she said.
A district court spokesman confirmed that the man is set to appear in court on Tuesday on charges of child abuse. Five hearing days have been set until the end of February.

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