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Metzelder case: court closes proceedings against chat partner

2021-05-09T09:35:33.865Z

A 42-year-old witness in the Christoph Metzelder case had received several pictures of the ex-footballer showing sexual violence against children and commented positively on them. The case against the woman has now been dropped.



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Christoph Metzelder at the trial of child pornography: The accused commented positively on child pornography images

Photo: Michael Gstettenbauer / imago images / Michael Gstettenbauer

First she was a witness - then she was in the dock herself: A week after Christoph Metzelder was convicted, the Hamburg District Court closed a case against a chat partner of the former national soccer player.

However, the 42-year-old has to pay 500 euros, as a court spokesman said.

The public prosecutor's office had accused the Hamburg woman of commenting positively on child pornographic images in a chat communication in the summer of 2019.

Due to her apparent interest, she tried to preserve such pictures.

The accused admitted the act

The chat partner had initially refused to discontinue the criminal proceedings against a monetary deposit.

Thereupon the Hamburg public prosecutor applied for a penalty order.

In the subsequent proceedings, the accused admitted the act, the spokesman said.

You regret not having forwarded the images to the police more quickly.

According to earlier information from the public prosecutor's office, the Hamburg police had received a tip from a third party in the summer of 2019, according to which a woman had been sent child pornographic files from Metzelder.

The investigators then contacted the now 42-year-old and questioned her as a witness.

Metzelder was sentenced to ten months probation about two weeks ago for possession and distribution of child pornography.

The judgment is now final.

Investigators found child and youth pornographic files on his mobile phone.

The court found that in 2019 the defendant had sent a total of 29 image and video files to three women.

ime / dpa / AP

Source: spiegel

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