Five men who molested Czech children caught

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19 December 2006, Regensburg, Germany (dpa) - A group of five men, mainly in their 60s, who teamed up to molest Czech children and exchange child porn images have all been caught thanks to a three-nation inquiry, police in Germany said Tuesday.

19 December 2006

Regensburg, Germany (dpa) - A group of five men, mainly in their 60s, who teamed up to molest Czech children and exchange child porn images have all been caught thanks to a three-nation inquiry, police in Germany said Tuesday.

Czech police arrested two German men in May near the town of Klatovy, while German police detained two more in the summer. Austrian police have been interviewing a fifth suspect in Vienna since October.

Tuesday's announcement in the German city of Regensburg provided fresh details about the paedophiles, who allegedly abused both boys and girls aged 8 to 16.

Czech prosecutors will present an appeal next month at what they see as an overly lenient sentence on the first two men, aged 47 and 60 - a ban on visiting the Czech Republic. They had paid a Czech family to park a caravan in their yard and abuse their children.

In Germany, a teacher, 63, was held in July, accused of molesting Czech and German children and sending pornography to men all over Germany. Another German teacher, 62, who owns a Czech castle and denies the charges, was arrested by German police at the Czech border.

Searches of computer files led to the man, 59, whose home was searched in Austria.

Police in the Bavarian city of Regensburg said the fact that a German prosecutor and detective could operate in the Czech Republic had speeded the investigation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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