Wermelskirchen: Babysitter abuses children – ‘a new dimension of brutality’

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Babysitter Abusing Kids: ‘A New Dimension of Brutality’ – Roel: ‘We’ll Get You!’

NRW Interior Minister Herber Roll threatens aggressors after the new case of Wermelskirchen: “We’ll get you!”

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Investigators with experience in child pornography who thought they had seen everything horrible were wrong. Cologne investigators say the new abuse complex “Wermelskirchen” has reached a new dimension of cruelty.

According to investigators, the new abuse complex in Wermelskirchen has a dimension of brutality that goes beyond those of other complexes. The main suspect is a 44-year-old from Wermelskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Investigators reported Monday in Cologne that the childless and married employee provided his services as a babysitter on the Internet, and thus was able to get close to his victims. He also shared “unimaginable brutality” child pornography photos and videos with dozens of other men.

“I am shocked and stunned,” said Falk Schnabel, Cologne Police Commissioner. “I have never experienced such inhuman brutality and callous indifference towards young children, their pain and their screams.”

Wermelskirchen: at least 73 suspects, 33 victims

So far, investigators said, 73 suspects and 33 victims have been identified. The youngest baby was one month old. Among the victims, five infants and children with disabilities. Huge amounts of data – 32 terabytes in size – with 3.5 million photos and 1.5 million videos secured.

The violent fantasies realized in this process shocked even experienced investigators in the area. The “most heinous cases of rape of infants and young children” were found. There is evidence that in some cases children have been anesthetized for this. It is possible that the number of victims of abuse will continue to increase. So far, only ten percent of the data volume has been evaluated.

“Please excuse me from describing what I saw,” said the senior prosecutor, Joachim Roth, looking sad. “What I saw shook me to the core.”

Some victims were unaware of the violations

However, investigators reported that the children’s parents never complained. Some victims were also completely surprised by police reports that they had been subjected to the most severe abuse in years when they were young children. You have been offered help.

The babysitter, who has no criminal record, is said to have abused twelve children in the greater Cologne area – ten boys and two girls. The crimes date back to 2005.

In order to gain access to the 44-year-old’s unencrypted data, he was overpowered by special forces last December while operating a computer during a video conference with co-workers.

For their part, colleagues called the emergency number 110 because they believed they were witnessing a burglary. Then it took 17 days to back up all the data from the 232 on-site data carriers.

A special “structural organization” called a “List” is now sifting through massive amounts of data. The name is due to the fact that the suspect divided the archive of child pornography into lists – perhaps so as not to lose track. He has largely confessed to the crimes.

Herbert Roll: “We’ll get you!”

NRW Interior Minister Herbert Rolle (CDU) in Dusseldorf stated that the 44-year-old had “saw one of the perpetrators of the Münster attack and gave instructions”. “This happened via online video chat.” He also kept a record of other pedophiles’ tendencies. However, he does not currently know why he was not actually identified during the investigations at the Monster Complex.

“I can only say to all the pedophiles: We’ll get you! Maybe not today, but someday we’ll be at your door. Lügde, Bergisch Gladbach, Münster and now Wermelskirchen,” Reul said. “You can sometimes lose faith in humanity in doing these things,” he added.

In a “Journal Update” Tuesday night, Reuel said, “We need more technology help and we also need a legal framework. Sometimes I despair when I see how difficult a data protection issue is to deal with.” An investigator can’t say he has an IP address, he has the guy, but he doesn’t know his name and where he lives. “Something has to change in the right to store data.”

Cologne investigators said they were currently investigating whether the 44-year-old woman could be remanded. A psychological report was also commissioned. Other suspects are parents, neighbors, acquaintances, siblings, or grandparents of the victims.

The focus is on NRW with 26 actions, followed by Thuringia (6), Brandenburg (5), Schleswig-Holstein (5) and Lower Saxony (5). With the exception of Bremen and Saarland, all other federal states are also affected. The procedure has been delivered to Austria.

Most of the suspects are between 26 and 45 years old. Wermelskirchener was arrested last November during the investigation of one of his chat partners in Berlin. His phones were tapped until an arrest warrant was issued by the Cologne District Court.


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