The believers shake the head or hold the hand before the mouth in horror when they hear about the acts of their former minister.

Germany: Start of trial in Braunschweig - Minister confesses sexual abuse in 280 cases - Comment on 2012 January 16

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In handcuffs the Catholic minister Andreas L. is brought into the trial hall of the state court in Braunschweig on Thursday. He concedes all charges at the start of the trial. Read more:

Today I again read a couple of articles about the case in Salzgitter and therefore bring first a list of preceding entries:
2011 Jul 18 – Germany: Salzgitter – priest admits abuse.
2011 Jul 19 – Germany: Diocese Hildesheim – The parish priest has stated to have abused other children
2011 Jul 21 – German priest arrested on sex abuse charges
2011 Jul 21 (2) – Abuse in Germany: Minister slept with boy in bed
2011 Jul 21 (3)– Abuse Salzgitter: Priest in imprisonment while awaiting trial beaten up
2011 Jul 26 (3) – Germany: Catholic Church obviously covered-up abuse case in Salzgitter
2011 Jul 28 – 1.5 Years of Catholic abuse scandal
2011 Nov 03 – Germany: Catholic priest charged – abuse in 280 cases

Now follow excerpts of articles I read today:

 

Start of trial in Braunschweig – Minister confesses sexual abuse – in 280 cases.

He went on holidays with his victims and bought gifts for them: The Catholic minister Andreas L. is accused of sexual abuse of children in almost 300 cases. But thanks to a law deal the 46-year-old who confessed gets away with a comparatively small punishment.

In handcuffs the Catholic minister Andreas L. is brought into the trial hall of the state court in Braunschweig on Thursday.

While Andreas L. confessed merely 15 to 20 encroachments before the trial, he concedes all charges at the start of the trial.

The reading out of the indictment alone takes half an hour. The public prosecutor lists in detail all recorded punishable acts; meanwhile the accused looks down. On the seats in the courtroom sit many members of the church congregation in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, in which the minister worked in the end. The believers shake the head or hold the hand before the mouth in horror when they hear about the acts of their former minister.

“The worst is that the minister took advantage of the situation of trust of the victims”, emphasizes the Braunschweig senior public prosecutor Klaus Ziehe in passing of the trial before journalists. In an law conversation the division of criminal matter, the defense lawyer and the co-plaintiffs agree that the accused can reckon with a prison sentence of six to six and a half years when he confesses fully. The sentence scale is two to 15 years.

After the case became known there were severe accusations against the diocese Hildesheim.

At 9:41 Judge Manfred Teiwes opened the session. Public prosecutor Ute Lindemann read out the indictment. Therefore the minister is to have committed 280 criminal offenses – in 44 cases sexual acts with under 14-years-old.

On 17th of January the expert witness speaks. Originally a sentence was expected for the fifth trial day. But now it could be already passed on the third trial day, the 19th January.

The spectators in the courtroom follow the trial on Thursday visibly horrified with rigid faces. Some of the visitors are members of the St.-Joseph assembly in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt. There the minister worked in the end.

At the start of the trial on Thursday the parties involved came to an understanding to a minimum sentence of six to six and a half years imprisonment with full and credible confession.

 

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