KOBLENZ, Germany — A German truck driver
who fathered eight children with his stepdaughter and peddled her body to other
men has been convicted of 162 counts of sexual abuse by a judge who called him
a “pitiless egoist” and handed down a sentence that could keep the man locked
away for life.
Judge Winfried Hetger gave the
48-year-old man identified only as Detlef S. a 14 1/2-year sentence, but ruled
that he should remain imprisoned indefinitely because of high risk that he
could offend again if released.
His lawyer had asked for a sentence of 9 1/2
years, and could appeal it in a week.
The suspect was found guilty of
abuse that started in 1987 and lasted until 2010 in the village of Fluterschen,
near Bonn — starting with the molestation of his stepson and stepdaughter when
they were four and six years old, Hetger said.
The man’s stepson Bjoern B. and his
sister Natascha S. were shaken after the verdict but said they welcomed it.
“This is a day of truth, a day of
justice,” said Bjoern B., now 28. “Now we will see how we can continue our
The trucker was found guilty on 70
counts of sexually abusing children under age 14, 63 counts of abuse of minors
and 29 counts of facilitating prostitution, Hetger said.
He has been in custody since
August, when his daughter came forward to authorities.
Natascha was first raped by Detlaf
S. at age 12.
Three weeks after her 12th
birthday, her stepfather started bringing men to have sex with her in return
for money, the judge said.
Over the years Detlaf S. had eight
children with her, and one died in infancy.
Detlef S. was also convicted of
abusing his daughter, now 18.
Detlaf S. continued to rape his
daughter in his car in the forest every two months or so and forced her to have
sex with other men who paid, the judge said.
Two of the men face separate
sexual abuse charges trials involving their alleged abuse of the girl, Hetger
The judge said the court was
convinced that the defendant was “not mentally ill, but a criminal.” Detlaf S.
agreed to pay his daughter and his stepdaughter compensation, the judge said,
though the amount was not disclosed.