The mother and grandparents of the victim turned the man in after German authorities went public with images of the young 4-year old girl.
Before 12PM yesterday, both the victim and the accused abuser had been identified. A man is now in custody. Images of the young girl were released with an appeal to find information about who she was.
The suspected abuser, and partner of the victim’s mother, aged 24, was arrested near Bremen in the district of Wesermarsch.
The abuser has been charged with nine counts of serious sexual abuse, and also charged with the publication of such videos on the dark web. The judge went to the jail where he was being held and quizzed him with several detectives in order to be formally charged.
Police said the victim was subject to abuse between October of last year and July this year. Lawyers spoke of the vile pictures of the young girl uploaded to the Darknet by her abuser.
Chief prosecutor Georg Ungefuk made the decision to release the pictures of the girl on Monday as a last measure to identify the girl.
Chief prosecutor Georg Ungefuk said that both the victim and tormentor were German citizens – George Ungefuk is from the Central Office for combating Cyber Crime. “This is the last measure to identify the perpetrator. We only fell back on this as all other possibilities had not led to find her true identity.”
“We assume that the child is further exposed to the perpetrator’s access” added Ungefuk. The 4-year old girl is now in the care of child psychiatrists.