Thursday, 16 August, 2018

German Couple Convicted of Rape, Online Sale of Young Son

The couple are seen with their lawyers The couple are seen with their lawyers
Glenn Montgomery | 08 August, 2018, 19:58

Berrin was sentenced to 12 years and six months by a court in Freiburg, while Christian, the boy's stepfather, was jailed for 12 years.

The man, whose name wasn't released for German privacy reasons, was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined €18,000 euros (£16,080).

Berrin Taha and Christian Lais, both German nationals, stand accused of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.

A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son on the darknet to pedophiles and raping and abusing him themselves, per the Local.

It is reported that the court found the mother and her beau guilty of molesting the 10-year-old boy.

The DPA news agency says that six other people have been sentenced to prison as part of the case.

The court ruled that the man, who had a previous conviction for child abuse, must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.

The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia, the AFP reported.

On Monday, the same court sentenced a Spanish paedophile, Javier Gonzalez Diaz, to 10 years' prison for repeatedly sexually abusing the young boy after paying the parents. The verdict was based on confessions by the pair and the videos of the abuse.

According to case psychiatrist Hartmut Pleines, quoted by Spiegel, the mother's claim that she was in thrall to her partner when she committed the abuse was false.

The couple was also ordered to pay a total of 42,500 euro (£38,000) in compensation to the boy and another victim, a young girl.

The case has shocked German society - and local authorities have been accused of failing to protect the boy, who now lives with a foster family.

Police exposed the paedophile ring after they received an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public.

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