At a campsite in Lügde, North Rhine-Westphalia, numerous children were allegedly severely abused for many years. In Detmold, the trial of three men was opened in the district court. The investigation identified more than 40 victims. According to the court, the trial will now lead to violence against 34 children.
The prosecutor accuses one of the defendants, a 56-year-old Lugde long-term camper, of nearly 300 crimes. In the summer of 1998 and later in the period between 2008 and 2018, Andreas V. is said to have inflicted a total of 23 girls some serious sexual violence. During searches, the police had also found nearly 900 image and video files that show sexual assault on minors.
Also accused is Mario S., a 34-year-old man from Steinheim near the border of Lower Saxony. As of 1999, he is said to have seriously abused eight girls and nine boys in a total of 162 cases over a period of 20 years. According to the indictment, around 4,800 image and video files containing child and adolescent pornographic material were made available to S.
Some of the victims were of kindergarten age
All abused children had been underage at the time of the offense, the youngest were according to the prosecutor in kindergarten age. Some of the victims were abused by both V. and S. The defendants allegedly filmed some of the acts of violence. Most of the acts are said to have occurred at the campsite in Lügde.
A third defendant accused the prosecutor of having participated in at least four webcam transmissions. In addition, the 49-year-old instigated the accused V. and S. to several acts. Even with him incriminating footage had been secured. It is not excluded that the trial against the man from Stade in Lower Saxony could be separated.
All three men are German citizens. You are in custody. 28 victims of the crime appear as co-plaintiffs. For the proceedings, a total of ten days of negotiations have been scheduled by the end of August. Meanwhile, the investigations are ongoing.
At the end of last year, Lügde's cases of abuse became known. Because of numerous errors in the investigation work, the case widened to a public authority scandal: At the responsible police disappeared about 150 data carriers, which were classified as evidence. In addition, youth welfare offices should have not followed earlier indications of possible crimes by Andreas V. In the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, a committee of inquiry has been set up to investigate possible misconduct of all involved authorities.