- Investigators say more than 500 terabytes of data have been seized from an encrypted hard drive.
- Police allege that the mother of the 27-year-old suspect gave him access to the summer house knowing he would use the location to sexually abuse children.
- Germany has seen a nearly 65% increase in crime related to child sexual abuse images in the past year.
Eleven people have been arrested in three German states for sexually abusing children, aged 5, 10, and 12. Affected children were sexually abused in a summer house after being drugged. The public prosecutor’s office and police in the western city of Muenster made the announcement on Saturday.
In Muenster, police reportedly found a hard drive hidden inside the artificial roof of a young man’s home. This hard drive contained encrypted files. Police performed raids in the German states of Hesse, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, with the help of videos obtained from the data.
Investigators say more than 500 terabytes of data have been seized. The group also set up an air-conditioned computer server room at the summer house.
Who were the Affected Children?
The ages of the three victims are said to be 5, 10, and 12 years. The head of the investigation, Joachim Poll, said the children were abused for hours after being drugged. It is said that these acts were carried out from November 2018 to May 2019.
According to the investigation, the 10-year-old victim was the son of a 27-year-old suspect, the 5-year-old victim was the son of another suspect, and the 12-year-old victim was also the nephew of the accused.
Police added that the 27-year-old contacted Pedo Files on the DarkNet, and offered to sexually abuse the children. According to Poll, “you can’t imagine the sexual abuse of children in these videos.” The two young children were then taken into police custody.
Suspect’s Mother Knew
Suspected crime sites include a Munster Allotment Garden. Police allege that the mother of the 27-year-old suspect gave him access to the summer house knowing he would use the location to sexually abuse children.
According to the German broadcaster WDR, video cameras, and other digital devices were also installed in the summer house. However, police have not yet released the scenes inside the building.
The latest investigation has uncovered serious rapes in 2019 at a campsite in Leogde, 125 kilometers (80 miles) from Muenster. It has been reported that several men have sexually abused children hundreds of times over the years at the campsite.
According to the latest figures from the German Federal Office for Crime (BKA), Germany has seen a nearly 65% increase in crime related to child sexual abuse images in the past year.
Boy Scout Supervisor August 2019 Sexual Abuse Case
In the southern German city of Staufen, a Boy Scout supervisor allegedly sexually abused four children for eight years. Prosecutors say the man raped the same child more than 500 times over the years.
Prosecutors in the city of Freiburg told the media that the 41-year-old had been arrested and charged with 696 counts of sexual assault against children. German media quoted court sources as saying that the boys who had been sexually abused by the accused between 2010 and 2018 were between the ages of seven and fourteen.
He has also been charged with rape and sexual assault. The suspect was arrested in February 2019, after a mother told police the man had sexually abused her 17-year-old son. According to police, Freiburg police are investigating the alleged man.
According to German police, the same suspect was prosecuted in 2004 and 2007, after being accused of sexually assaulting minors, but the investigation was called off due to a lack of evidence. ۔
In 2017, German police uncovered a criminal group in the German city of Stauffen who was involved in child sexual abuse. However, according to the police, the accused is not part of the group.