German charged with raping daughter over 34 years
A German pensioner suspected of raping his daughter repeatedly over 34 years and fathering three children with her has been charged with some 500 counts of sexual assault, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Investigators believe the 69-year-old from the southern state of Bavaria forced his daughter to have sex with him at the age of 12 or 13 by beating her and proceeded to abuse her several times a week for the next three decades.
"He admitted during questioning to having sexual contacts with his daughter but claimed they were always consensual," the regional prosecutor's office said in a statement.
It brought charges for crimes committed against the now 46-year-old daughter which did not fall under the statute of limitations, amounting to 497 counts of rape.
"The accused is believed to have fathered three sons with his crimes, of whom two have since died," it said, adding that the victim lived until a few months ago with her father.
Her father, who was not identified, has been in investigative custody since March.
Prosecutors said the daughter had felt unable to break away from her authoritarian father, who accompanied her everywhere and barred her from developing relationships with other people.
The alleged crimes came to light when the daughter was convicted of another crime and assigned a parole officer who gained her trust.
© 2011 AFP