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Burglars turn in child abuser to police

The Local · 22 Mar 2013, 10:06

Published: 22 Mar 2013 10:06 GMT+01:00

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The thieves broke into the house last April and immediately decided to place an anonymous tip with the police, dropping off the evidence through a station letterbox, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

But it was not until September that police in the Freital area of Saxony, eastern Germany, turned up at the house from which the hard drives were taken and stumbled upon a sex offender who they then linked to 89 counts of sexual assault between 2009 and 2012 alone.

Identified only as Hans-Jörg H. by the Sächsische Zeitung, the state prosecutor working on the case believes his main victim was his daughter, whom the 60-year-old engineer may have began abusing in 2008 when she was a four-month-old baby.

He admitted to the offences and the case opened this week in the Dresden regional court.

The two burglars who handed the stolen goods containing the evidence remain at large and police have no clues as to their identities.

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10:27 March 22, 2013 by VoodooDingy
This probably means I have to hide the drugs in my bank deposit from now on... ughhh
17:16 March 22, 2013 by Dizz
Some things I will never understand. How could they take from April to September to go to the house? Due process is well and good but surely there was a case of a minor in immediate danger? Imagine 5 "free" months of abuse to a child. Disgusting.
17:33 March 22, 2013 by raandy
Had there been untaxed money or offshore bank accounts on the HD, they would have been there the next day.
23:30 March 22, 2013 by dp_darmstadt
Theives felt more responsible than the Police
23:54 March 22, 2013 by 9900lawre
Regardless, 2 wrongs did make a right!
22:21 March 23, 2013 by JasonMTc
Ok, maybe its my lack of understanding of 'social norms' in Germany (or translation issues?) but it seems (from the tone of the article) that it is acceptable for German police to allow a 4 or 5 year old child to be molested for 5 months? The "news" it seems is that the thieves put their futures (prison) on the line to stop this abuse and the police spent half a year.. NOT PUTTING A STOP TO IT.?!?!?! (are news outlets not allowed to bluntly criticize police in Gremany? ) Shouldnt the headline read: "Thieves risk arrest to stop child abuse. Cops eat donuts for 6 months before doing ANYTHING to protect innocent baby"? To the thieves: Thank you for being better MEN than the police!
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