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Details of brutal child rapist suspect emerge

The suspected child rapist who turned himself in on Thursday after police went public with their search is a 37-year-old who worked as a waiter in the mountainous Allgäu region, a Gießen senior public prosecutor said on Friday.

Details of brutal child rapist suspect emerge
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After police aired details of their investigation on Wednesday night on the ZDF unsolved crime show Aktenzeichen XY…ungelöst, the man came forward the next day at a police station in Sonthofen, Reinhard Hübner told broadcaster Antenne Bayern.

It was there that the suspect, identified only as Christoph, worked seasonally as a waiter. The rest of the year he worked in the Eifel region leading several sporting groups for boys aged four to 12. Police have not released the name of the town in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Germany’s federal police (BKA) took the unusual step of enlisting the public’s help amid fears the man was still abusing young boys based on 42 videos that show the man sexually and physically abusing up to nine young boys in different rooms. Investigators believe the videos were recorded in 2006 when the boys were between five and seven-years-old. Previous efforts to find the man, who filmed his deeds and posted them on the internet, failed.

Police estimated that the man’s young victims are currently between eight and 10-years-old, and two were called Marcel and Pascal. Some of the victims may also have been brothers, they said.

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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