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Man claims 34 years of incest was consensual

The Local · 28 Nov 2011, 13:56

Published: 28 Nov 2011 11:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Nov 2011 13:56 GMT+01:00

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“Never in my life,” he said at the Nuremberg-Fürth regional court Monday, when accused of threatening his daughter with a knife, pulling her hair and forcing her to have sex with him.

The man, named in German media only as Adolf B., 69, admitted committing incest with his daughter, which is a crime under German law, but told the court that she had approached him for sex when she was 16 or 17 years old. “I did not undress her myself,” he said.

He could not understand why she was accusing him of rape, his lawyer said.

But the daughter, now 46, has told authorities his father started raping her when she was about 12, and continued for more than three decades, while keeping her in a state of fear, bullying and beating her and forbidding her to leave the house without him.

They were living in the family home along with the woman’s mother and siblings in Willmersbach, a village near Nuremberg.

She had three disabled sons by her father, one of whom died as a baby, another of whom died recently, while the third survived, prosecutors said.

Authorities only uncovered the case after the woman was convicted of blackmailing the wife of a doctor she blamed for the disability of one of her sons. She was assigned a parole officer who won her trust and eventually heard her story.

Monday’s trial opening began amid great media interest with Adolf B. hiding his face from cameras as he was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair due to a foot injury.

He seemed to have difficulty understanding many of the term used in court, and his lawyer often had to repeat and explain questions asked.

The daughter’s lawyer Andrea Kühne, said her client was “shocked and furious” at her father’s statement that the sex was consensual. “My client would never have pressed charges if she had felt that way.”

The state prosecutor can only charge him with rapes from the last 20 years, since the statute of limitations has expired for earlier offences. Only 28 counts of incest can be lodged because its statute of limitations is five years.

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The trial is expected to last six days and call 24 witnesses and three experts. If convicted, the accused would face between two and 15 years in prison, a court spokesman told The Local. The verdict is scheduled to be read on December 19.

The case has inevitably drawn comparisons to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who imprisoned his daughter in a cellar for more than two decades while repeatedly raping her and fathering several children.

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18:36 November 28, 2011 by Sacha Maurice
I find it frustrating that the media and authorities never release the full names of criminals like Adolf B.. I think the public has a right to know who this man is and what he looks like. Another typical case of sexual abuse in a village which will probably end with a laughable sentence. If it were up to me, I would force the guy to face the media and explain himself. If he's innocent as he presumes, why does he feel the need to hide himself in shame?
18:47 November 28, 2011 by KamiZ
So the way I see it, the guy raped his own daughter 500 times, fathered three children with her and forced her to keep everything secret. If convicted, he'll spend MAXIMUM 15 years in prison where he will be fed three square meals a day, will get basic cable and lead a life in his cell which costs the public exchequer to the tune of 400 Euros per day. It's almost like they WANT people to commit crimes. Jesus Christ, this is a very very strange world we live in.
19:37 November 28, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Adolf Bitler.
19:57 November 28, 2011 by domoresti
It's very easy to be so disgusted as to the extent of these crimes to call for the basic tenet of human rights to be scrapped.

However, just as we do not ban driving cars due to nutters running kids over, we must resist the urge to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Sure, this guy should never be released from prison. He's scum. But he should be dealt with according to the law, not emotion.
19:57 November 28, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Okay, I am going to use his own words to de-bunk his testimony. If what he says is true, then he was about 39 years of age, when his daughter approached him. Given that, shouldn't the idea of been repulsive to him, enough to avoid what happened? Shouldn't he have been mature enough to handle the situation, without giving into his already predisposed temptation(s)?

Let alone, 34 years of it?????!!!!!!!
21:59 November 28, 2011 by wxman
Ohhh, it was consensual?? Well then, I guess that means it was OK.
01:13 November 29, 2011 by jbaker
500 hundred times in 34 years? More like 5000+ - There are 365 days in most years except leap year(366). I am sure he was good for more than once a day on occasion. This BS happens way more than is ever reported.
10:01 November 29, 2011 by koli
Just another good old family... blackmailers, unemplyed, rapists, etc. Have a nice day, some place else please! The guy is sick and the mother is also sick so they wer bound to have a sicko child and now since they have mental retarded kids, all is set... who runs the hopusehold? The dog?
10:37 November 29, 2011 by LancashireLad
I heard in a radio news broadcast that the neighbours regarded this guy as aggressive, so it's no wonder his daughter "consented" if he was as aggressive as the news report made out. But there are two other things that this guy should have known as*wrong*.

1. It was his own daughter - incest.

2. It was his own *12 year old* daughter when it started - corruption of a minor.

I agree fully with rule of law not emotion, but let's hope that the rule of law comes out with "life".
07:41 November 30, 2011 by heyheyhey
I say that Germany should send him to the USA to do his prison time. The cost is 75percent less per day.
09:50 November 30, 2011 by rrr_8
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