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Police arrest suspected molester of 175 kids

UPDATE: A taxi driver, who is accused of sexually abusing 175 children and adolescents, kept a disabled boy in his apartment in Brandenburg for four weeks.

Police arrest suspected molester of 175 kids
File photo: DPA

Police had been searching for the severely disabled 14-year-old for the last month when he was found in the man’s apartment in Lübbenau, Brandenburg, on Friday.

The man, whose 13-year-old daughter sometimes lived with him, was arrested.

Cottbus prosecutor Petra Hertwig said on Sunday the boy had been sexually abused and the divorced taxi driver is being investigated for 175 cases of child abuse stretching back 20 years.

According to prosecutors, the 14-year-old knew the man and when he went missing four weeks ago after he went to his home.

Prosecutors repeatedly visited the 52-year-old’s home over the period to question him about the disappearance of the boy, but never saw the teenager because he hid behind a cupboard when they came round.

“What happened in the apartment is only gradually coming to light,” police said.

The man is accused of molesting 100 children and 75 adolescents. 

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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