Abuse: Lead investigator suspended in Lügde case

Under the direction of the police officer, evidence is said to have disappeared in another sexual criminal case. The man directed the investigations in the Lügde case.


A police officer who was head of the investigative commission in Lügde's abuse case for several months has been relieved of duty for the time being. According to information of North Rhine-Westphalia Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul (CDU) the official stood before the investigations with the police Lippe from the middle of December 2018 until the beginning of January 2019.

According to the Minister of the Interior, there is a suspicion of denial of justice for him because of another sexual punishment. In that case, evidence was no longer found, said Reul in the Interior Committee of the state parliament. The same thing happened in the case of Lügde.

In Lügde's case, the suspended policeman had looked after the police student who had spotted 155 CDs and DVDs disappearing from an art-room. The loss was noticed only weeks later. At the beginning of March, a disciplinary procedure was initiated against the investigating commission head.

In Lügde is determined because of multiple child abuse: Since 2008, at least 34 children aged four to 13 years have been sexually abused and partially filmed at the campsite. Three suspects between the ages of 33 and 56 are accused of serious child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

Because of the blatant failure in the investigation work, the case had widened into a public authority scandal. Three officials from the leadership of the police Lippe have been transferred to information from the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Interior. Two more police officers are being prosecuted because they should not have forwarded any early evidence of child abuse to the Detmold district attorney.

REF: https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2019-03/missbrauch-luegde-herbert-reul-ermittlungskommission-suspendierung