Police have identified five new suspects in the shocking caravan park paedophile case that has seen over 40 children as young as four allegedly raped over 1,000 times.
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Eight suspects in total have now been identified with five names recently joining the list – as well as a further nine victims.
According to the police, 40 children were allegedly abused at the rundown Eichwald caravan park in Luegde, a town in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The case update was given by Herbert Reul, Interior Minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, to members of the state parliament.
Reul said that there are so far 40 victims, with a further 12 children suspected of being groomed and raped as well.
According to local media, two of the newly identified suspects are parents.
Karl-Eitel John of the local youth welfare office believed they may have willingly “supplied” their children for main suspect Andreas V.
In total, the youth office has taken five children away from their families and placed them into care.
Main suspect Andreas V., 56, and campsite neighbour Mario S., 33, allegedly raped the minors at their caravan homes.
According to police sources, the victims – both girls and boys – were aged between four and 13 years old.
The amount of times the children were raped is estimated to be well over 1,000.
The abuse was allegedly filmed by the perpetrators and broadcast over the darknet.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, Mario S. is seen abusing children in some of the horrific videos he created with Andreas V.
One of the victims was Andreas V.’s own foster daughter. He also allegedly used her as bait to lure other children to his rundown holiday home.
According to reports, an investigation into the suspected child abuse committed by Andreas V. goes back as far as 2008.
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 allegedly watched the men rape a young girl on the darknet twice.
The roles of the other suspects in the case have not been reported yet.
Investigation blunders have cast a dark light on the case as the first warnings about the mass child abuse were reportedly passed on to the authorities in 2016.
Father-of-two Jens Ruzsitska reported Andreas V. to both the cops and the 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.
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.
Investigations against several police officers and youth welfare office workers are also underway to establish why action was not taken much earlier.
Shockingly, 155 critical pieces of evidence which had not been examined have gone missing, according to local media.
A suitcase reportedly containing 155 CDs and DVDs from Andreas V.’s trailer has gone missing from the police station in the Lippe district.
State Interior Minister Reul has ordered a special unit of four officers to find the missing evidence.
The investigations are ongoing.