France arrests Italian over 160 child rapes, assaults

Paris: An Italian has been arrested in France on a warrant issued by Germany, where he is wanted on 160 counts of rape or sexual assault of his daughter and other minors, police told AFP on Friday.

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The 52-year-old was arrested on a European warrant last Friday south of Strasbourg near the German border for the alleged crimes committed over a 14-year period starting in 2000.

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Germany has 122 open investigations against him, said France’s BNRF fugitive-tracking brigade.

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The Italian is accused of having raped his own daughter for a period of about 10 years starting in 2000. He is alleged to have done the same, over the same period, with the minor daughters of a different partner.

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“He operated in his various family circles,” said the BNRF.

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German police alerted the BNRF in early October that the wanted man had fled from Germany to Alsace in eastern France.

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He was arrested at a partner’s house in Rumersheim-Le-Haut, south of Strasbourg.

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The man is being held in prison in nearby Colmar to be handed over to German authorities, the BNRF said.

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