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The Essen police raise serious allegations against a man. He is suspected of having abused a little girl (12) for months. The 49-year-old is said to have met the minor via social media and met her several times, the public prosecutor’s office in Essen said when asked by DER WESTEN. The accused repeatedly sexually abused the 12-year-old. The abuse from meeting to meeting is said to have become more intense.

Earlier this month, investigators were finally able to convict the man. He is now in custody. The case is one chapter in a frightening record that the Essen police published on Tuesday (November 22nd).

The Essen police searched 22 apartments

A little over a year ago, the Essen police launched the BAO Herkules. The goal: fight against child pornography and sexualised violence against children. Investigators are trying to track down pedophile criminals online.


This is the BAO Hercules

  • BAO stands for special organizational structure
  • BAO Hercules was founded on November 1st, 2021
  • Goal: Targeted fight against child pornography and sexual violence against children
  • Follow clues and review data
  • Should take immediate action in cases of abuse

The balance sheet of BAO Herkules: According to their own statements, the officials were able to execute a search warrant on average every day last year. Just last week, investigators searched a total of 22 apartments over two days. The officers seized 14 cell phones, two computers and several USB sticks. These are now being evaluated as quickly as possible – a truly Herculean task.

Essen police reveal alarming numbers

Because with every search, new data carriers are added. To illustrate the amount of data involved, the Essen police draws a comparison: “If the amount of data to be evaluated from the BAO Herkules were currently stored on standard hard drives and stacked upright, it would be just as high as the tallest building in the Ruhr area: the RWE Tower (today Westenergie-Turm) – namely 162 meters.”


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“We need staying power and we are aware that we are running a marathon,” explains crime director André Dobersch. The head of the BAO Herkules emphasizes: “Despite the great emotional stress and a lot of overtime, our team is highly motivated, with considerable diligence and great commitment, fighting sexual violence against children.” According to him, the unit was able to increase the number of investigations into sexual abuse increase by half. The motivation of all those involved: “For us, every child that we can save from abuse is both a success and an incentive to keep fighting.”

Source: Derwesten

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