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Therapist abuses disabled youngsters

By Sapa-AFP | Feb 02, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

Admitted to 29 years of sex abuse on 114 handicapped youngsters

Swiss care workers expressed shock and betrayal on Wednesday after police revealed that a therapist admitted to 29 years of sex abuse on at least 114 mainly handicapped youngsters he tended for.

Police in canton Berne revealed that the social worker had taken  photographs and video of his acts, in which his victims showed evident suffering despite sometimes being unable to speak because of their disability.

Most of the alleged victims were young men and women who were mentally or physically disabled, as well as the children of other staff in the institutions, authorities said. The youngest was just one year old.

The Swiss association of institutions for handicapped people (INSOS) said it was “deeply dismayed” by the case, after prosecutors accused the 54-year-old of committing abuse in eight institutions in Switzerland and one in Germany.

INSOS director Ivo Loetscher-Zwinggi called for a thorough investigation and support for victims, their families as well as staff in the homes

“Their confidence has been so deeply betrayed by the accused,” the association added.

A shaken looking Peter Niederhaeuser, head of a foundation running one of the homes near Berne where the man reportedly worked  over a six year period, told Swiss television that 20 children were  thought to have been abused there.

Investigators are not ruling out more cases after the man admitted to 114 instances of sex abuse and eight more “attempts” during questioning over the past 10 months.

Gabriele Berger, head of the special investigations unit at Berne police said many of the victims could not express themselves verbally, and were in permanent residential care.

She told Swiss television SFTV that 18 videos and photographs taken by the man showed abuse, which often took place while he was on night duty.

“It is obvious how the victims show their repulsion, how they try to push the accused away, show pain or burst into tears,” she said.

Berger said the man had shown a sense of relief at being caught - after two handicapped youngsters in care told their parents about sexual contact with a member of staff.

“The man describes himself as a paedophile, he explained that he was aware of his misdemeanours for decades,” she added.

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Sies Maan...what is the world comming to. if he knew what he was doing, why did he not stop or just somer leave his job.

in the words of Khapela....." uncolile !!! Sies!!! "

Feb 02, 2011 1:29 | 0 replies

I just had goose bumps reading this! Bathong, a one year old child?? Any man who get aroused by looking at a baby is seriously sick! I don't even have words for them!

Cute123 it doesn't matter if he is white or not! You've missed the issue completely!

Feb 02, 2011 6:20 | 0 replies

I bet he's white!

Feb 02, 2011 3:46 | 0 replies

Guys on this site listen there's only one & ONLY one medicine for this coward sucker. He must first be crippled with alluminium baseball bets by abount 20 heavyweights. this will ensure that he becomes handicapped as well. thereafter, he must be locked-up in one cell with ALL the inmates diagnosed with HIV/AIDS with nkawuza tse groot julle verstaan moss. effectively be raped day and night. That's what we call a goot lesson for people with no foresight who think only about feeding their stinking pipis alone. This man is disgusting neh!

Feb 02, 2011 3:33 | 0 replies

@Tumzito most of the victims was male bro!

die ou se lyn is uit & he still has the nerve to admit that he is paedophile, my word, what a sick world we live in

Feb 02, 2011 3:25 | 0 replies

Tjooooooooooo sum Therapist u r...shame on u mannn raping helpless beings u really messed them up i cnt imagine what emotional state they are in... to think tht their family entrusted u wit their lives pls bring d bustard to SA... PAPA WAG VIR HOM eintklik take him to BOTSWANA soos denklik

Feb 02, 2011 2:42 | 0 replies

He thinks by saying he's glad he got caught will make us feel sorry for him. That wont work, they must take him to Nigeria and have the nigerians F#CKING him with their big joysticks.

Feb 02, 2011 1:49 | 0 replies

Kill the bustard don’t take him to jail just kill him that’s all!!!

Feb 02, 2011 1:44 | 0 replies

Embodiment of evilness.

Feb 02, 2011 1:42 | 0 replies

Yooo? This man? But I guess we should be asking: Is he also sick? If yes, Is he derserving of the nooky? If Yes; Who will give him? Obvioussly his ilk. How would he aske it if they both crazy?

Feb 02, 2011 1:40 | 0 replies

This man is sick and rotten to the core. Why is he glad he was caught anyway. He should be sentenced to death. He's so heartless, doing that to vulnerable souls he deserves severe punishment, sies maan!

Feb 02, 2011 1:37 | 0 replies