Kindergarten Teacher on Trial for Child Abuse, Porn

A 31-year-old former kindergarten teacher was docked in Germany on Monday for more than a dozen incidents of sexual assault between 2012 and 2018 and creating child pornography by filming his crimes.

The man, who led a kindergarten in the south-western city of Heilbronn, is accused of at least 19 cases of assault against a child who was six years old when the abuse started.

Defence lawyer Thomas Amann said in advance of the trial that his client who could be handed a 15-year prison sentence for the crimes would confess and was willing to seek therapy.

The defendant, who carried out the acts in his home, was detained in March.

It took more than a year after he was caught distributing child pornography for his then employers, the Protestant church, to fire him.

A spokesman for the church said that none of the other children at the kindergarten were assaulted, as police took over investigation of the case.

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