Man on trial in German incest case

February 15, 2011 4:38:31 AM PST
A 48-year-old German admitted fathering at least seven children with his stepdaughter Tuesday as his trial opened on charges he abused her, his natural daughter, and his stepson for more than 20 years and forced the two girls into prostitution. The man, identified only as Detlef S. in line with German privacy rules, is charged with 350 counts of sexually abusing minors in his care between 1987 and 2010, and with 35 counts of facilitating sexual acts with minors. He faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

No plea was entered as the trial opened, which is normal for German proceedings, but in a statement read aloud by his attorney Thomas Dueber, the defendant admitted to being the father of the seven children.