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Legal punishment unlikely for Ameland teen sex abuse suspects

DDP/The Local · 3 Aug 2010, 09:05

Published: 03 Aug 2010 09:05 GMT+02:00

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German youth criminal law could mean that the case ends in the boys taking anti-aggression training courses instead, head prosecutor Alexander Retemeyer told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

The incidents in early July at the Dutch holiday island have emerged through questioning the teenage suspects, who revealed they found their inspiration online to brutally mishandle younger children.

The suspects, youths between the ages of 14 and 15, have shown remorse for their actions during talks with police, a spokesperson said last month.

The attackers allegedly used objects including cola bottles and broomstick handles to sexually assault six boys, all aged about 13. The incidents occurred at the youth dormitory of a holiday camp sponsored by the city of Osnabrück’s municipal sports association.

According to state prosecutors, terrible scenes of violence occurred there when the older boys pulled the youngest and weakest members of the 39-member group from their bunks and assaulted them in the centre of the room.

Investigators hope to question the last of the group’s members in the next two weeks, the paper said. So far authorities have eight confessions and have statements from eight victims.

Osnabrück prosecutors are now working on “gaining a big picture out of which we can see who, did what, when and where,” Retemeyer said.

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As soon as investigations are complete, the youth welfare office will step in to make its recommendations for “disciplinary measures,” he said.

The incidents have led to a debate about the need to improve supervision at summer camps. The Lower Saxony state sporting federation has already announced it will examine further measures for training of supervisors.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

17:13 August 3, 2010 by marimay
Kids get away with waaaaaaaaaaay too much in this country. It makes me sick.
20:38 August 3, 2010 by iseedaftpeople

Is it really that much better to throw kids like these in prison for 20 years and put them on a public sex offender registry for life, like they do in many places in the U.S.?

These kids need to be punished and shown the error of their ways... and I am sure something will remain on their records... transgressions like these at least shouldn't just go away when they turn 18... but you see, in Germany it's not all about adding to the prison population. Kids "get away" with much because there's a working juvenile justice system here that seeks to reform kids rather than letting them disappear into the system and creating career criminals that go in and out of prison for the rest of their adult lives.
20:44 August 3, 2010 by marimay

Did i say throw them in prison for 20 years? Get real, drama-queen.
20:49 August 3, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
well then, what would YOU do with them?
00:05 August 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
As an attorney, I can only lament the state of the juvenile justice system here in Germany. There is a middle ground between the draconian sentencing of juvenile offenders that occurs in many states of the US and the apparent German approach of letting young violent offenders off the hook. Crimes should have consequences, and punishments befitting both the offense and the age of the offender. I find the decision not to indict and try these admitted juvenile rapists incomprehensible.
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