In the German police investigation into the child abuse network around Jörg L., a total of 65 children were rescued. 429 suspects have also been identified, including two Dutchmen. The police in Cologne announced this at a press conference held to mark the end of the investigation.

The abuse network came to light at the end of 2019, when prime suspect Jörg L. was arrested for abusing his then 2-year-old daughter. In the investigation, the police came across huge amounts of child abuse footage. L.’s phone alone contained 130,000 photos and 12,000 videos.

The police captured thousands of suspects. Some are said to have abused their own children and spread the images online. They also exchanged tips, for example about administering tranquilizers to children.

File to the Netherlands

After 26 months, the police investigation is over and the investigation team is disbanded. Of the thousands of suspects that were in the picture, 429 have therefore been identified. The two Dutch suspects have not yet been arrested, according to the German police. Investigation data has been transferred to the Dutch investigative services.

Ten men have been convicted so far, including the 43-year-old prime suspect. He received 12 years in prison and TBS in October 2020. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where most of the suspects and victims come from, seven suspects are detained pending trial.

3 month old baby

Of the liberated victims, 64 were in Germany and one in Austria. Many of these involved young children, including a three-month-old baby. According to the police, the main goal of the investigation team was to rescue the victims as quickly as possible.

The investigation was psychologically extremely difficult for the police officers involved, the police chief of Cologne, Uwe Jakob, said at the closing press conference. “Just the screaming of the kids in the videos… not everyone can bear that.”

Of the approximately 350 members of the research team, three called in long-term sick “because of the terrible things they had to see”.

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