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Incest trucker admits abusing daughter

The Local · 16 Feb 2011, 19:13

Published: 16 Feb 2011 19:13 GMT+01:00

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The defendant, identified only as Detlef S., acknowledged on Tuesday he had repeatedly impregnated his stepdaughter, now 27, but denied forcing himself on her, or his stepson and biological daughter.

"Daddy didn't want us to go to school because he had no control over us there," Detlef S.'s 18-year-old daughter said Wednesday, according to news agency DPA. "If he ever gets out of prison I will run away."

The 48-year-old is on trial in Koblenz on charges of sexually abusing his daughter, stepdaughter and stepson in a house of horror in the small village of Fluterschen in Rhineland-Palatinate over a 23-year period.

Several German media outlets have compared the case to that of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter Elisabeth as a sex slave in a cramped dungeon for 24 years. He was jailed for life in 2009.

The biological daughter appeared in court as a witness on Wednesday, repeatedly breaking down in tears as she testified, DPA said.

The stepson, 27, told the court in testimony lasting several hours that he first suspected that the accused was abusing his daughter when he found her bleeding from her genitals in the bath in 2002, the Bild daily reported. At the time she would have been nine or 10 years old.

The stepson also told the court that the defendant first touched him inappropriately when his stepfather groped his and his sister's genitals in bed when they were both four years old, Bild said.

"This was an incredibly difficult day for my client," DPA quoted the stepson's lawyer Bernd Lindlein as saying. "It is obvious that he (the accused) will be convicted, the only question is for what."

In total Detlef S. is charged with 350 counts of sexual assault and grievous sexual assault of minors. A verdict is expected on February 25.

He is also accused of prostituting the stepdaughter and his biological daughter out to others at 40 deutschmarks and later €30-€50 ($41-$68) per time, allegedly while he watched.

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He also used to beat all three with his belt or a homemade whip, public prosecutor Thorsten Kahl said on Tuesday.

The stepdaughter told Bunte magazine that she just wanted to live a normal life "without violence, without getting hit."


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22:34 February 16, 2011 by BrainWave19
For 23 years no one protested and what a fantastic village where no one noticed 8 pregnancies and 7 childbirths. No one protested or leaked to the media/polzei/sozialamt and even when the kids grew beyond 15 years...this seems to be quite a startling fact. Let us hope the incestuous father is penalised and is behind bars forever.
22:46 February 16, 2011 by Godelhausens
The whole village should be on trial for abandoning that family. Who would have thought that Germans would stand by as atrocities happen and do nothing about it.
02:03 February 17, 2011 by bartschaff
C'mon, of course the pregnancies and kids were noticed, but no one was 'abandoned' -- It's not the business of neighbors to go asking about who is the father.
08:54 February 17, 2011 by moistvelvet
Fluterschen is a small village of 24 streets, population 750, I've lived in larger villages where everyone knows everyone else. The girl says that she couldn't goto school because she couldn't be controlled so I doubt she had the freedom to go out and find boyfriends, of course the neighbours would've notice this girl continually get pregnant with no potential logical father on hand, but really despite their suspicions with no evidence what could they really do, what would you do about accusing a close neighbour if you had no proof?
13:11 February 17, 2011 by shmzubair
a life time behing the bar will do nthng except allowing him to enjoy the hard earned money by the tax payer (people)...

I guess he should be made an example so that other may not repeat it....!!!!
14:32 February 17, 2011 by auslanderus
I find it so dumb to hide someones face in these reports. Show them for what they are, sick,sick,sick people. Maybe people knowing other people will see there faces may, just may change there mind for being so dumb.
22:52 February 17, 2011 by *Cami*
!!!! I have been keeping up with this story and the more things come into the light the more i would love to throw obscenities this....Uhm i'm not sure if i should call him a man or a monster. He pisses me off!
03:08 February 22, 2011 by Moselgirl
Such horrible crimes are evidence as to why the death penalty SHOULD be legal in Germany!
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