Babysitter focal point in German abuse case: 74 suspects and 33 victims in the picture, last month old | Abroad

Germany has once again been shaken by a major abuse case. The main suspect is a 44-year-old IT expert from the Cologne area. As a babysitter, he has allegedly assaulted children for years and collected huge amounts of child pornography.

Detectives from the NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) cybercrime unit at the public prosecutor’s office in Cologne found Marcus R. from Wermelskirchen via chats in which the suspect allegedly participated. The starting point was an abuse case in Berlin. R. is said to have offered himself as a babysitter in the Cologne area and abused at least twelve children between 2005 and 2019. It involves ten boys and two girls. Half of them were not older than 3 years. Some actions have been filmed. The German, who has been in custody since December and has a clean criminal record, “more or less acknowledged the sexual assaults during interrogations,” Chief Prosecutor Ulrich Bremer said at a news conference today.

Marcus R. is married and has no children of his own. A number of victims are in their forties, but most of them got in touch with their parents through online platforms like eBay. Investigators found 32 terabytes of child pornography in his computer. It took police 18 days to copy the data. A single hard disk partition alone contains 3.5 million images and 1.5 million videos. Of the huge amount, 10 percent is now read. The oldest footage was made in 1993. Chief of Police Falk Schnabel said of the footage: “I have never seen such inhuman cruelty. And I could not have imagined it either. ‘


I have never seen such inhuman cruelty. And I could not have imagined it

Falk Schnabel, Chief of Police Cologne

In order not to lose track, R. would have kept detailed lists. They are now helping to track down co-defendants. Of these, 73 have already been identified in fourteen of the sixteen German federal states. They allegedly exchanged pictures and videos of large-scale child sexual abuse. So far, 33 victims have been identified who were between one month and 14 years old at the time of the crime. Among them are five babies and children with disabilities. The scientists assume that this is only the tip of the well-spoken iceberg.

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Cologne Police Chief Falk Schnabel during the press conference on the new assault case. © AP

The photos and videos show the most serious forms of assault and rape. “We must assume that drugs with an anesthetic effect have been used to carry out these acts,” said Detective Jürgen Haese. This is currently being investigated. The earliest abuse that can be proven to date, he said, took place in 2005.


According to the federal interior minister Herbert Reul, the main suspect had contact with suspects from an abuse case where the main suspect was an IT specialist from Münster. The 44-year-old babysitter must have given them directions. There were bilateral contacts, and according to the public prosecutor’s office in Cologne, there are no indications of a so-called pedophile ring.

The main suspect in the Münster case, Adrian V. (28), was sentenced in June last year to 14 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of his partner’s 10-year-old son and several other children. They were abused for hours in a house belonging to Vs mother in an allotment garden complex in Münster. Three co-defendants were sentenced to ten to twelve years in prison. Fourteen other suspects were identified in the investigation. More than fifty suspected and thirty victims have now been identified in this abuse case.


Detectives in Cologne see no direct link between the abuse case of the babysitter from Wermelskirchen and the case of fathers who allegedly exchanged their children for sexual abuse. The investigation into the case, which emerged in 2019 and takes place in the Bergisch-Gladbach area near Cologne, led to more than 30,000 unknown suspects, more than 60 of whom have already been remanded in custody. 439 suspects have now been identified. The investigation against seven suspects has been transferred to the Netherlands, France, Finland, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.

Porter and father of young children Jörg L. (43) from Bergisch-Gladbach was the focal point of the network and was sentenced to twelve years in prison and TBS. The court found it proven that dozens of times he sexually abused his now 3-year-old daughter, photographed or filmed the abuse and passed the footage to like-minded chat partners. His co-conspirator Bastian S. (27) was sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing four children between the ages of 2 and 5 and for making and exchanging images of abuse. The court declared the soldier reduced liability and ordered admission to forensic psychiatry.

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