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Teenage love-biter forced on sex crime register

A 14-year-old boy who gave his classmate a love bite has been ordered by a court to submit a DNA sample to be stored on a biometric register of sex offenders. Germany's highest court will now investigate the case.

Teenage love-biter forced on sex crime register
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The unnamed boy landed before a court in 2011, aged 14, when parents of a 13-year-old girl pressed charges of child abuse against him. Their daughter had come home one day with a hickey on her neck, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.

After a police investigation, the case went to court. The defendant was accused of having kissed the girl on her neck in such a way so that a “love bite of clearly visible dimensions” had appeared, and of “repeatedly touching her clothed genitals.”

The boy, for his part, claimed it had been entirely consensual, which his lawyer said the girl had denied in court, wrote the paper.

The youth court issued the boy with a warning for “sexual abuse of children” and sentenced him to 60 hours of community service.

Judges then told the teenager he would have to give a DNA sample so that he could be put on Germany’s genetic database of sexual offenders as a likely re-offender.

But before he gave up the sample, judges from the Federal Constitutional Court intervened and said this would cause lasting damage to the boy’s reputation.

Germany’s highest court will now look into whether the boy’s biometric data belongs on the register.

“There is no reason whatsoever for supposing the boy should commit serious crimes in the future,” his lawyer told the paper.

The Local/jlb

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101-year-old former Nazi guard pleads innocent in German trial

A 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard on Monday once again denied being complicit in war crimes during the Holocaust as his trial drew to a close in Germany.

101-year-old former Nazi guard pleads innocent in German trial

Josef Schütz, the oldest person so far to face trial over Nazi crimes during World War II, is accused of involvement in the murders of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945.

The pensioner, who now lives in Brandenburg state, has pleaded innocent throughout the trial, saying he did “absolutely nothing” and was not aware of the gruesome crimes being carried out at the camp.

“I don’t know why I am here,” he said again at the close of the proceedings, his voice wavering.

Dressed in a grey shirt and pyjama bottoms and sitting in a wheelchair, Schütz insisted he had had nothing to do with the atrocities and was “telling the truth”.

READ ALSO: Ex-Nazi death camp secretary who fled trial to face court in Germany

Prosecutors say he “knowingly and willingly” participated in the crimes as a guard at the camp and are seeking to punish him with five years behind bars.

But Schütz’s lawyer, Stefan Waterkamp, said that since there were no photographs of him wearing an SS uniform, the case was based on “hints” of his possible involvement.

“As early as 1973, investigators had information about him but did not pursue him. At the time, witnesses could have been heard but now they are all dead or no longer able to speak,” Waterkamp said.

Former Nazi guard

The 101-year-old former Nazi guard covers his face at the Neuruppin courthouse. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Fabian Sommer

It would be a mistake for the court to try to “make up for the mistakes of a previous generation of judges”, the lawyer said.

Antoine Grumbach, 80, whose father died in Sachsenhausen, told AFP Schuetz “does not want to remember”, calling it “a form of defence”.

The trial was not just about “putting a centenarian in prison”, he said. It had also produced evidence that Sachsenhausen was an “experimental extermination camp”.

“All the cruellest methods were invented there and then exported,” Grumbach said.

READ ALSO: Trials of aging Nazis a ‘reminder for the present’, says German prosecutor

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