German minister detained on child-abuse charges

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9 November 2005, DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES - A 46-year-old German minister was detained Wednesday in a southern Philippine city on charges of child abuse, a police officer said.

9 November 2005

DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES - A 46-year-old German minister was detained Wednesday in a southern Philippine city on charges of child abuse, a police officer said.

Johann Kristoff Ludwig from Munich, Germany, was detained at a police station in Davao City, 990 kilometres south of Manila.

Superintendent Catalino Cuy, city police chief, said 10 children aged 8 to 10 claimed that Ludwig abused them during Bible lessons at the defendant's residence.

Cuy said police were investigating the veracity of the complaints.

Police records showed that Ludwig, a longtime resident of Davao, had been accused of three counts of child abuse in 1991 but was eventually freed because of insufficient evidence.

DPA

Subject: German news

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