German man confesses to 350 counts of sexual abuse

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:28 AM
German man confesses to 350 counts of sexual abuse

A German man has confessed to 350 counts of sexually abusing his children and forcing his daughter and stepdaughter into prostitution.

Confessions are common in German trials and the news agency DAPD quoted prosecutors Monday as accusing the man, identified only as Detlef S., of a "tactical maneuver" to get a shorter sentence.

Prosecutors are recommending a prison sentence of 14 years and six months and want the court to order the 48-year-old defendant to remain in detention beyond that to prevent him from offending again.

The defense is asking for 9 1/2 years in prison after reading the man's confession to 350 counts of sexual abuse in the Koblenz state court. The defendant previously admitted fathering eight children with his stepdaughter.

A verdict and sentence is expected Tuesday.