The defendant with his defense lawyer © Armin Weigel
The verdict of the Deggendorf Regional Court against a former Catholic priest for multiple child abuse is legally binding. The prosecution has withdrawn its precautionary appeal.
Moreover, the joint plaintiffs and the defense have waived this appeal. This was announced by the court on Thursday. On 22. February, the 53-year-old had been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. Before that, he is placed in a closed psychiatric ward in Straubing for an indefinite period of time in order to undergo therapy in the next few years.
The medical director there had written the decisive expert opinion for the trial. It attested to the man's pedophilic homosexuality and diminished culpability. Because a success of therapy is not excluded, but doubtful, the court will decide separately on preventive detention at a later time.
Sentenced to 108 acts of abuse committed by the Wuppertal native between 1997 and 2016 against five boys under the age of 14, both at home and abroad.
Forged service card
The man, who was ordained as a priest in Poland, was already in prison in Karlsruhe from 2003 to 2009 for sexual offenses against two pubescent girls. During this time, a church court in Freiburg removed him from clerical status. Thus he was officially forbidden to practice his profession.
Nevertheless, the man continued to pretend to be a priest, dressed accordingly, falsified his official identity card and used a different name. He found his victims in families with strict mothers and weak father figures.