Haut-Rhin: arrest of a man suspected of 160 rapes or sexual assaults on minors in Germany



He had been wanted for several years by the German police. The latter opened 122 investigations against him, according to the National Fugitive Search Brigade.

A 52-year-old man, suspected of having committed 160 rapes and sexual assaults in Germany, was arrested Friday, October 16 in Rumersheim-Le-Haut (Haut-Rhin), following a European warrant against him, has learned franceinfo from the National Fugitive Search Brigade (BNRF), confirming information from AFP, Friday 23 October.

According to the BNRF, the man, of Italian nationality, is suspected of having raped or sexually assaulted the children of his companions, including his own daughter, between 2000 and 2014. He was wanted for several years by the German police. The latter opened 122 investigations against him, relating to 160 acts of sexual violence against minors, according to the National Fugitive Search Brigade.

This individual had recently fled Germany to settle in Alsace, added the BNRF. On October 7, she was alerted by her German counterparts to the presence of this man in France. On October 10, information on its location was provided to the French, who entrusted the investigation to the Strasbourg judicial police. The Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) of the city of Bas-Rhin arrested him at the home of one of his companions.

Unknown in France, he was imprisoned in Colmar prison (Haut-Rhin) pending his surrender to German authorities within 40 days, indicates the BNRF.

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