Tuesday, 20 December 2011



Adolf Bergbauer has been jailed for less than three years despite admitting he started sleeping with his daughter when she was 12. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Dad had sex with daughter when she was 12
He fathered three disabled children with her
Court unable to say sex was not consensual

A 69-YEAR-OLD German who slept with his daughter more than 500 times over 30 years and fathered her three disabled children has been acquitted of raping her.

A court in Nuremberg ruled that Adolf Bergbauer's sexual relationship with his daughter was consensual.

However, it has jailed him for incest.

Prosecutors claimed that Bergbauer started raping his daughter when she was 12 years old and called for a 14-year jail sentence for 500 counts of rape.

Bergbauer's daughter, now 46 years old, told the court that he had regularly beaten her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. She also claimed her mother and four brothers did nothing to help her.

Bergbauer - who has been dubbed "German Fritzl" in reference to Austrian Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter locked in a basement for 24 years and fathered six children with her - admitted at the beginning of the trial that he had a sexual relationship with his daughter, but denied raping her.

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He alleged that she was the one who always propositioned him, a claim his daughter vehemently denies.

However, the court ruled that it was impossible to prove that the sexual relationship Bergbauer had with his daughter was not consensual.

He was cleared of the rape charges, but was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for committing incest and coercion.

Prosecutors said they would consider launching an appeal.


Zoompad said...

"He alleged that she was the one who always propositioned him"

What a disgrace.

What a disgusting example of what a father ought to be.

What a disgusting example of what the judicial system ought to be.

Zoompad said...

How difficult it is for the victims of child abuse. There are now so many unrighteous judges and lawyers, who do not care anything about justice at all.

I thank God for the few righeous ones! They are the ones who keep to the straight and narrow pathway, they swim against the tide in this increasingly wicked world.

Dear God, give strength and courage to this lady, and to those supporting her.