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Castration only way out of prison for child abuser
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Castration only way out of prison for child abuser

Published: 09 Jul 2012 12:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Jul 2012 12:13 GMT+02:00

A German judge told a convicted child sex abuser who attacked boys aged between eight months and four years old, he would never be released unless he underwent chemical castration.

Sentencing the man to 11 years in prison on Monday, Judge Michael Reinecke said counselling would never be enough to make the 28-year-old man suitable to live freely again. Only hormone treatment to remove his sex drive would make him eligible for release.

“Only when you do that will you get your freedom again,” said the judge, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Monday. Hormone treatment known as chemical castration can only be undergone with the permission of the convict.

German courts very rarely lock criminals up indefinitely, but in very serious cases where the defendant could be seen to pose a continued high risk to the public, a preventive detention order can be added onto a sentence. This places a condition on the inmate’s release - in this case chemical castration.

Judge Reineke spoke of the high barriers to the use of preventive detention, which can only be used in extreme cases. “For us this here is an extreme case,” he said, wrote the paper.

The man, from Lemgo in West Germany, had wanted to become a teacher, but in 2008 was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison after it was discovered he had child pornography.

In 2010 he was sentenced again, this time to four years and three months for seriously sexually abusing his partner’s small son. The sentence was relatively light because the man convinced the court of his willingness to reform.

But this was revealed to be a con after a US-led worldwide investigation into online child pornography rings uncovered two further cases of abuse, wrote the paper.

When brought to trial for a third time, the former babysitter admitted having abused and raped a total of three boys aged between eight months and four years old – all of whom had been temporarily placed into his care on separate occasions in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia.

The judge said he believed there was no way other than chemical castration for the man to overcome his desire to sexually abuse small children.

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12:55 July 9, 2012 by heidelberg3232
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15:02 July 9, 2012 by Herr Rentz
Once an offender, always an offender. There is something wrong with the way these people are wired and there is no cure.

Castration or not, the authorities should never let this person out of custody.
16:02 July 9, 2012 by MydogMax
I agree he should be and all rock spiders castrated however I don't agree that "Once an offender, always an offender." in relation to criminal behavior.. if so we should have wiped out Germany along time ago.
16:22 July 9, 2012 by Herr Rentz
I'm only speaking of pedophiles when I say "once an offender always an offender".
17:46 July 9, 2012 by AClassicRed
No real justice for the survivors of this horrific abuse, most especially in that the judge sentenced relatively minor in the first incident where this man was caught. Absolutely preposterous that since the man was willing to "reform" the court didn't give the maximum time allowed for his crime. Especially the age of the intial victim should have been taken into account absolutely disaccounting this pathetic excuse for a human's obviously empty promise.

Because of the age of the victim this man selected, opportunistically true, this indicates his even more problematic psychological profile as he was looking for those most vulnerable, those who couldn't talk or barely so.

What is also very troubling and disgusting is the fact a US-based investigation initiated this round-up of the infant rapist. Yes, local police were prompted to response therefore, but where were the reports of the rapes already? Why hadn't the mothers or others reported this man? I won't be explicit, but in such situations, there is unmistakable evidence and injuries following the abuse. I worked for years in law enforcment and have seen the results of such acts that still can haunt your mind. I fail to understand how courts let such filth off with such light sentences, thereby and often condemning others to also have to suffer.

And by the way, criminal castration or even physical castration can have an even more unpleasant side effect besides what people intitially consider. There are some perpetrators who become more sadistic when they have the opportunity because the desire to hurt others is a part of their profile.

For a man to rape an 8 month infant? It is not just sexual, there is a willing to cause pain and continue for personal fulfilment knowing you are causing pain. People like that don't need to be "back out" for any reason, in my opinion. Someone like this should be among the number of "never get out."
19:31 July 9, 2012 by Tax Paying Slave
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22:51 July 9, 2012 by PNWDev
@MydogMax

Not only are you not able to recognize the context for which Herr Rentz spoke, but you compound your ignorance by making a statement that presumes only German has twice offended. What about Napoleon¦#39;s France? What about Lenin-Stalin¦#39;s Russia? What about the Brits in India, the Africa¦#39;s, and the Aboriginal slaughter in Australia? What about the American¦#39;s and the Native Indians they either rounded up or killed?

So based on your logic, all people should have been wiped out a long time ago because at some point in history, all have either oppressed or been the oppressor.

Wise up!
03:18 July 10, 2012 by Klaipeda
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11:30 July 10, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
@ Klaipeda

So you are denying the holocaust took place? Maybe all the exact details have not been fully established and maybe never will be but it took place for sure.
13:03 July 10, 2012 by danceswithgoats
State sanctioned castration for sexual offenders? Yet another reason to love living in Germany. And I thought I stayed for the good potato salad and bier.
21:32 July 11, 2012 by storymuse
This story almost makes me long for the good ol' criminal justice system in Texas -- the death penalty doesn't sound so bad for psychopathic sickos like this guy. Seriously. Psychopaths/sociopaths can't be rehabilitated and castration would not solve his criminal behaviors. I wish everyone in the criminal justice system was required to read two excellent books explaining the horrifying reality of these "improperly wired" people: "The Sociopath Next Door" (by Martha Stout) and "Without Conscience:the Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us" (By RobertbD Hare, PhD).
21:45 July 13, 2012 by MaKo
Between 4 months and 4 years??? Actually, I can think of one other way out of prison for this guy...
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