A 51-year-old man from Tennengau has been sentenced to ten years in prison by the regional court. He sexually abused his stepdaughter for years and confessed in court. The 19-year-old victim is severely traumatized. The judgment is not final.
The 51-year-old first refused to testify on Monday morning. Then he said a few words and apologized for what he had done: he was terribly sorry, he couldn’t make up for what had happened. He did not know what had gotten into him and wanted to sincerely apologize, the defendant said.
Years of martyrdom
According to the prosecution, the first violent attacks occurred between November 2014 and November 2015. The number of sexual acts of violence was two to three times a week during this period. Although the then twelve-year-old tried to push him away, from November 2015 to June 2021 he is said to have repeatedly engaged in sexual intercourse and similar acts, including taking photos and videos.
According to the prosecutor, the man and his girlfriend’s daughter have “called out a sexual partner”. From the age of twelve, the child was practically trained to tolerate whatever the perpetrator wanted. This went on until there was no need for violence, because these sexual assaults became part of everyday life, according to the prosecutor.
Internet friend encouraged victims to report
“The fact that the now 19-year-old had the courage to go to the police is thanks to an unknown Swedish Internet friend of the girl,” says Stefan Rieder from the victim protection association Weißer Ring. He encouraged her. Nevertheless, this act is unbelievable: “It is a horror for the victim. A single attack is indescribably bad for victims. But if that goes on for years, there will be personality changes. That is simply unbearable and also very difficult to process ”, says Rieder.
He demanded a partial pain payment of 40,000 euros for the martyrdom suffered. The court awarded the girl 30,000.
A milder or stronger judgment is possible
In addition, there is a ten-year prison sentence for several offenses. And the range of offenses accused is long: sexual and serious sexual abuse of minors, rape, sexual coercion, pornographic depictions of minors, violation of sexual self-determination and abuse of a relationship of authority. The judgment is not final.
Prosecution and defense each have an appeal against the sentence imposed.