German MP charged for child-porn

10th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Joerg Tauss is accused of 102 counts of acquiring, distributing and possessing pornographic images of children and teenagers between May 2007 and January 2009.

Karlsruhe -- German prosecutors charged a lawmaker with child pornography on Wednesday, a day after he was stripped of his parliamentary immunity.

The prosecutor's office in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said Joerg Tauss is accused of 102 counts of "acquiring, distributing and possessing" pornographic images of children and teenagers between May 2007 and January 2009.

The 56-year-old Tauss has denied the charges, acknowledging that he had requested porn to be sent to his mobile phone but saying he was examining how such material is distributed as part of his work for parliament.

"I assure you that I am no paedophile," he said in March when the scandal first broke.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that Tauss' argument that the material was work-related had not been credible.

"There was no objective evidence for the veracity of these claims," it said.

"In addition, significant evidence contradicts the statement by the MP -- it is, in the opinion of the state prosecutor's office, refuted."

Prosecutors say he was found to have 228 pornographic pictures and videos featuring minors on his mobile phone. A police search of his home in March turned up more banned material.

Tauss resigned from the Social Democrats, junior partners in Germany's ruling coalition, in the wake of the allegations but has resisted calls to step down from parliament, and instead joined Germany's Pirate Party.

The Pirate Party campaigns for Internet file-sharing and the reform of laws regarding copyright and patents.

Parliament had lifted his immunity as a deputy Tuesday.

AFP/Expatica

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