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Man arrested for recording repeated sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl

A man in Bavaria accused of recording himself sexually abusing a young girl has been arrested, just hours after police released his photo in a public manhunt.

Man arrested for recording repeated sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl
Photo released of the suspect: Bundeskriminalamt/dpa

Prosecutors said on Friday that the 27-year-old man from Traunstein was arrested on Thursday evening, after officials had released his photo to the public earlier that day.

The man is accused of sexually abusing the girl when she was eight to nine years old at least 26 times between 2014 and 2015. He  took photos and videos of the abuse and shared them online to a child porn platform through the darknet.

The suspect had also posted photos of himself online.

“The fact that photos of the suspect were found on the darknet is unusual,” said public prosecutor Georg Ungefuk.

Investigators had released the man’s photo on Thursday, describing him as “dark blond” and likely with blue eyes. They said the release of the photo had brought in numerous tips and they were then able to identify and arrest him.

Investigators told DPA that they had a large amount of evidence and “substantial leads”. During a search of the suspect’s apartment, police seized two computers, two smartphones, as well as USB-sticks and external hard drives.

So far there is no evidence of other victims.

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One injured in school shooting in Bremerhaven

One person was injured on Thursday when shots were fired in a school in the northern German city of Bremerhaven, police said, adding that they had arrested the suspected gunman.

One injured in school shooting in Bremerhaven

The shooting happened at the Lloyd Gymnasium school in the centre of Bremerhaven, a city on Germany’s North Sea coast, on Thursday morning. 

“The armed person has been arrested and is in police custody,” police said in a statement. The injured person was not a pupil, police said, adding that the person been taken to hospital.

“Students are in their classrooms with their teachers. The police have the situation on the ground under control,” the statement added.

Bremerhaven police tweeted that a large deployment was under way in the city centre and asked residents to avoid the Mayor-Martin-Donandt square and surrounding streets, in the vicinity of the Lloyd secondary school.

Local news site Nord24 reported that a school pupil heard shots being fired and called the police. Pupils reportedly barricaded themselves in their classrooms.

Police have launched a large-scale operation and have cordoned off the area around the school while they carry out inquiries. 

Authorities have set up a phone hotline for concerned parents. Many parents gathered in front of the school after being alerted by their children, local media reported. 

‘Strict gun laws’

School shootings are relatively rare in Germany, a country with some of the strictest gun laws in Europe. But a recent spate has rattled the population.

Last week, investigators in Germany’s city of Essen said they foiled a school bomb assault, as they arrested a 16-year-old who is suspected to have been planning a “Nazi terror attack”.

Police in Essen stormed the teen’s room overnight, taking him into custody and uncovering 16 “pipe bombs”, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material.

In January, an 18-year-old student opened fire in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany, killing a young woman and
injuring three others before fleeing the scene and turning the weapon on himself.

In 2009, a former pupil killed nine students, three teachers and three passers-by in a school shooting at Winnenden, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The gunman then killed himself.

In 2002, a 19-year-old former student, apparently in revenge for having been expelled, shot dead 16 people including 12 teachers and two students at a school in the central German city of Erfurt. He too then killed himself.

The Winnenden and Erfurt massacres were carried out with legal weapons and spurred Germany to tighten gun laws.

The country currently requires anyone under 25 to pass a psychiatric exam before applying for a gun licence.

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