The abuse cases of Lügde and Bergisch Gladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia may be related, according to several media reports. Family members of the suspect from Bergisch Gladbach had had parking spaces for years on a campsite that is at the center of the investigation in Lügde, the WDR and RTL channels reported, citing investigative circles. Accordingly, testimonies pointed to the possible connection.
According to the WDR report, the grandfather of the suspect from Bergisch Gladbach had leased a parking space in Lügde in East Westphalia from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. He was also said to have previously been convicted of child abuse himself, according to investigators. A cousin of the suspect also used a camping car in Lügde between 2005 and 2009. He later sold this to the now convicted main perpetrator of Lügde.
The Lügde case is one of the largest known cases of abuse in Germany. In September, two men were sentenced to prison terms, followed by preventive detention. They had sexually abused children and adolescents in several hundred cases on the camping site in North Rhine-Westphalia and partially filmed it.
The mass abuse of children in Bergisch Gladbach was uncovered by members of a chat network. The investigation began with the arrest of a suspect in October, and there have now been ten arrests.