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Police track phone to find child abuse suspect

The Local · 30 Mar 2012, 16:28

Published: 30 Mar 2012 16:28 GMT+02:00

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Detectives were able to check who was in the area of the primary school at the time of the attack on March 1, by tracing transmissions from mobile phones.

The man is thought to have entered the school, which is in the Wedding district of Berlin, at 10am, where he locked himself in the toilet with the girl, undressed her, and sexually abused her before making his escape.

DNA samples were collected from the girl’s clothes, allowing police to narrow down their search.

The suspect, 30, remains unnamed but police confirmed in a statement that they already knew of him. He was thought to own a large dog and had many dangerous knives in his apartment – prompting the involvement of police commandos.

Mums and dads of children at the school have been patrolling the building and playgrounds since the attack while improved security measures are to be installed during the Easter holidays.

The police announced a similar attack this week. A man is thought to have sexually abused another schoolgirl in a school in the Frohnau district of the capital on March 7.

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17:01 March 30, 2012 by blauaugen63
many dangerous knives, lmao.
17:50 March 30, 2012 by Minitaff
Wouldn't have bothered with the armed police, they should have told all the parents from the school where he lived!

Dangerous knives.... Brilliant!
18:47 March 30, 2012 by boopsie
A fine outcome for kid's safety but a net loss for telephone privacy rights. Big brother is indeed watching you and knows everywhere you've been.
19:30 March 30, 2012 by puisoh
@boopsie .. would you disagree if Big Brother's name is Google??
20:30 March 30, 2012 by MaKo
I'm glad tthe police have him, but just the tiniest bit sorry the parents didn't get to him first.
23:25 March 30, 2012 by chicagolive
I am for humanity and equal rights that ends though once you put your fingers on children. People like that don't deserve humanity that is why I actually feel mad that he will get to enjoy the hotel life of the German prison system. Nope, I believe are pedi should be shipped to the US or other countries where the prison pops love to be hands on with child molesters.
08:45 March 31, 2012 by HerLinder
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09:31 March 31, 2012 by raandy
Boopsie tracking your handy in Germany is common by police, and in this case effective, better to track the handy than have another molested child in school.

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.
10:25 March 31, 2012 by Quirin Schram
I live in Frankfurt, and my child was approached by a stranger during the morning pause, but she was able to get away. When we reported the incident to the school, they stated that it was the legal right for anyone to enter a school and walk about, use the toilets, etc. and that the next time my child should call the police??? but at the same time the school forbids the use of cell phones.

I think that the "championing of individual freedoms" has led to the abandonment of the innocent, specifically our children, and there should be no room allowed for the chance of one of our children to get sexually abused. I also think that people are easily distracted with details like "Big Brother,s watching" , and eventually this will become more important in this discussion. An old politician's trick.

Here's a quick solution, station security guards at every school, helps protect our kids and boost employment.
22:06 March 31, 2012 by lordkorner
I have no problem having my phone tracked ,I use it all the time to find whatever I need to find and I think its brilliant that it can be used to nab Basta.ds like the unnamed one above..
13:57 April 2, 2012 by charlenej
Quirin Schram.....you have got to be effin kidding me. People have the legal right to enter a school and use the toilets. Oh hell no!

I used to teach in the States. No one is allowed in the school who doesn't have school business and you would be escorted out otherwise. I would have never thought anything else was the case here. Thank you for that information.
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