E-mails from god

E-mails from god

Former priest on trial for sexual abuse © Armin Weigel

The trial of a Catholic ex-priest for child abuse continued Wednesday with the reading of the indictment. The judges rejected a motion by a representative of the plaintiff's side to exclude the public.

The chairman of the Deggendorf Regional Court referred to the "many years of effort to come to terms with numerous acts of abuse" that had also been committed by clergymen. The public prosecutor's office considers the 53-year-old Wuppertal native to be severely mentally disturbed and therefore of diminished criminal capacity.

At the same time, it ames an acute risk of repetition. The defendant and his defense counsel did not make any statements. A Straubing psychiatrist is participating in the trial as an expert witness. This is published on 9. January continued.

Numerous accusations

Thomas Maria B. allegedly sexually assaulted a total of five boys under the age of 14 110 times between 1997 and 2016, including the use of violence. The public prosecutor's office considers the actions to be predominantly severe abuse. In addition, there was an attempted rape of an 18-year-old girl in Austria in 1995/1996. Also, B. accused of borrowing a total of 100 euros from several families for his living.to have obtained 000 euros by fraud. In the meantime, he was in prison in Karlsruhe for the rape and abuse of two girls from 2003 to 2009.

In 2008, a church court in Freiburg removed him from the clerical rank. Thus he was officially forbidden to practice his profession. The verdict was finally confirmed in 2012 by a second church court in Munich. Nevertheless, according to the indictment, the man continued to pose as a priest, dressed accordingly, falsified his ministry ID and used a different name.

According to the indictment, the man gained the trust of pious families on pilgrimages, including to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In part, he lived with them for several years and during this time he molested their children. He also used the secrecy of the confessional to prevent his victims from telling their parents about the abuses.

In 2015, he showed up in the Deggendorf district and moved into the rectory of a Catholic parish for several months, according to the indictment.

E-mails from God

At the same time he had held masses and retreats and accompanied youth groups. In the process, the false priest had gained the "unreserved trust" of a "strictly religious" woman. As a result, the latter also involved him in the education of their children. As a result, he first chastised and later abused the then nine-year-old son, she said.

Among other things, the accused made a living by sending his patrons e-mails supposedly from God himself, in which the addressees were asked to "take care of my priest son and his priest mother" and to transfer money. In this way he received five-figure sums.

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