Former Catholic priest sentenced to prison for child sexual abuse in Germany

Former Catholic priest sentenced to prison for child sexual abuse in Germany

The former priest may never be released (Stock image)

Friday, February 23, 2018

A former Catholic priest has been handed an eight-and-a-half-year prison sentence after being convicted of child sexual abuse in Germany.

The former priest was found guilty of more than 100 child sex offences as well as other crimes, according to Expatica.

This is not the first time he has been convicted as he served a prison sentence from 2003-2009 for separate crimes of a sexual nature. 

It is claimed he then used fake documents in order to gain new church qualifications so that he could work as a priest.

The man has been ordered by a court to go to a closed psychiatric institution to take part in therapy before beginning his time in prison.

Chief justice Thomas Trautwein said he will only ever be released if he is deemed not to be a threat to the public.

The 53-year-old has been convicted of the sexual abuse of five boys in 108 cases, which took place from the 1990s onwards, as well as assault.

The man has also been found guilty of an attempted rape involving a woman aged 18, and possessing child pornography.

The court heard he committed the abuse in Deggendorf and Mainz, but some incidents also took place in Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Austria.

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