German youth sentenced in Turkey for sexual abuse of minor

20th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The court in the Mediterranean city of Antalya ruled that 19-year-old Marco W., who spent eight months in prison before being released in December 2007, was guilty of "sexually abusing a child," the report said.

Ankara -- A Turkish court last week jailed a young German to 50 months for sexually abusing a British girl on holiday in Turkey, but suspended the sentence, Anatolia news agency reported.

The court in the Mediterranean city of Antalya ruled that 19-year-old Marco W., who spent eight months in prison before being released in December 2007, was guilty of "sexually abusing a child," the report said.

The court suspended the sentence, granting the defendant a probation period of two and a half years.

Marco W. returned to Germany after his release, which he secured amid a diplomatic spat between Berlin and Ankara.

Germany had pressed for the boy's release, infuriating Ankara which decried meddling in its judicial affairs.

Marco W. was arrested in April 2007 after the British girl's mother pressed charges, saying he had a physical relationship with her daughter, aged 13, while both were at the Antalya resort.

In interviews with the Turkish and German press, Marco W. admitted he had physical contact with the girl, but said she had told him she was 15 and consented.

He said they did not have intercourse because he ejaculated prematurely.

Marco W. was working as a youth group leader for the German state disaster relief agency THW when the two teenagers struck up a friendship.

AFP/Expatica

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