Married babysitter goes on trial accused of 100 counts of child abuse

Married babysitter who advertised his services online goes on trial for 100 counts of child abuse and sharing images of ‘unimaginable brutality’ in Germany

  • The man, 45, allegedly documented the abuse of babies, children and teenagers
  • He also reportedly shared images of ‘unimaginable brutality’ with people 
  • His home in Wermelskirchen was raided last year by investigators 
  • Prosecutors seeking 15-year sentence for man followed by security confinement 

A married babysitter who advertised his services online has gone on trial in Germany accused of 100 counts of child sexual abuse and sharing images of ‘unimaginable brutality.’

Cologne regional court was told by prosecutors that the man, 45, who was not named for legal reasons, had allegedly documented the abuse of babies, children and teenagers.  

He had also reportedly shared images of ‘unimaginable brutality’ with dozens of people. The 45-year-old’s home in Wermelskirchen was raided last year by investigators.

They said at the time that they had never previously ‘encountered such a level of inhuman brutality and callous indifference to the suffering of young children.’  Prosecutors are seeking a 15-year sentence for the man followed by continued security confinement if he is convicted.

Cologne regional court was told by prosecutors that the man, 45, who was not named for legal reasons, had allegedly documented the abuse of babies, children and teenagers. Pictured: Cologne at night (stock image)

Cologne regional court was told by prosecutors that the man, 45, who was not named for legal reasons, had allegedly documented the abuse of babies, children and teenagers. Pictured: Cologne at night (stock image)

It comes after a separate case saw four men convicted by a court in Frankfurt for their involvement in an online platform which was used to spread images of child sexual abuse. 

The case saw a 49-year-old man sentenced to 12 years in jail and a 42-year-old man handed a 10-year sentence.   

Frankfurt prosecutors also said that the court had ordered them to be detained after the end of their term.

He had also reportedly shared images of 'unimaginable brutality' with dozens of people. The 45-year-old's home in Wermelskirchen was raided last year by investigators. Pictured: Cologne (stock image)

He had also reportedly shared images of ‘unimaginable brutality’ with dozens of people. The 45-year-old’s home in Wermelskirchen was raided last year by investigators. Pictured: Cologne (stock image)

Elsewhere, a 60-year-old German man who was arrested as he sat at his computer was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in operating the online platform.

Authorities are working to identify further users of the site, which was taken down last year, and bring them to trial. 

The verdicts can be appealed.

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