Story By: Koen Berghuis, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: CEN
A second campsite paedophile arrested for raping dozens of children “over 1,000 times” at a run-down caravan park has been identified as an unemployed German who still lives at home with his parents.
Suspect Mario S., 33, was reportedly a neighbour of the main suspect Andreas V., 56, and is accused of raping minors at the run-down Eichwald caravan park in Luegde, a town in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, Mario S. is seen abusing children in some of the horrific videos he created with Andreas V.
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Andreas V. is suspected of not only raping his foster daughter, but also using her as bait to lure other children to his run-down holiday home.
Just like the 56-year-old suspect, Mario S. was jobless and still lived at home with his parents.
After his arrest on 11th January, police investigators seized 20 computers from the basement of his parent’s house.
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Chief prosecutor Ralf Vetter: “We are currently processing all the data.”
The family of Mario S. first visited the campsite in 2014 and the unemployed German reportedly spent lots of time there since.
His mother said: “Mario was always there on weekends, he drove over 30 kilometres on a scooter to get there.”
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According to investigators, Mario S. allegedly raped dozens of children and filmed the despicable scenes, uploading them to the darknet when he had finished.
Chief prosecutor Vetter said: “We have proof that both men raped children since 2016.”
According to reports, an investigation into the suspected child abuse committed by Andreas V. goes back as far as 2008.
The public prosecutor’s office claimed that Andreas V. raped 29 children – both girls and boys – over 1,000 times in the last 10 years despite the police and youth welfare authorities receiving several warnings about him.
They allegedly sent footage to a third man, aged 48, who was arrested on suspicion of ordering the abuse.
The 48-year-old man from the town of Stade in the state of Lower Saxony allegedly watched the men rape a young girl on the darknet twice.
According to the suspect’s lawyer Jann Henrik Popkes, his client was “just a spectator” who “did not encourage anyone” to rape children.
The first warnings about the mass child abuse were passed on to the authorities in 2016.
Father-of-two Jens Ruzsitska reported Andreas V. to both the cops and youth welfare office after he allegedly saw him grope children at a birthday party in the town of Bad Pyrmont, but no action was taken.
Ruzsitska reportedly slapped Andreas V. in the face and immediately left the party. However, when he reported the incident to the police he was told it was better to not pursue it as he could be punished for defamation.
The youth welfare office of Hamelin in Lower Saxony also learned about the alleged sexual abuse when workers at the local job centre called for an investigation into Andreas V.
He reportedly appeared with his foster daughter because he needed money and a worker found it suspicious that the girl said that she could no longer stand the smell of men.
According to local media, in a joint meeting with job centre workers Andreas V. even confessed that his foster daughter “turned him on” but that she did not want anything to do with his overtures anymore.
He reportedly said that “the girl would do anything” for sweets.
Prosecutors have also started an official investigation into whether the child pornography ring could have been stopped earlier.