German couple convicted over rape, online sale of young son

The couple are seen with their lawyers

The couple are seen with their lawyers

On Monday, the same court sentenced a Spanish paedophile, Javier Gonzalez Diaz, to 10 years' prison for repeatedly sexually abusing the young boy after paying the parents.

A German mother and her partner have been sentenced to prison for selling the woman's son, now ten years old, to pedophiles on the internet in a case that has horrified the nation.

Case psychiatrist, Hartmut Pleines, quoted by Spiegel news, said the mother's claim that she was in thrall to her partner when she committed the abuse, was false.

Berrin T, 48, the boy's mother and his stepfather, Christian L, 39, were sentenced after appearing as witnesses for the prosecution against eight men who raped the boy in separate trials earlier this year.

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Lais, 39, had a previous conviction for child abuse, raising questions why he was allowed to live in a home with a child present.

Berrin was sentenced to 12 years and six months by a court in Freiburg, while Christian, the boy's stepfather, was jailed for 12 years.

The couple also sexually abused a three-year-old girl in 2015.

The 33-year-old was also ordered to pay 18,000 euros ($20,800) to the young victim.

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A German court Tuesday handed down lengthy jail sentences to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their young son and selling him to paedophiles online for more than two years.

The abuse was filmed, and police were alerted to the case and arrested the pair in 2017.

German prosecutors have also gone after other suspected members of the pedophile ring.

The mother's partner was supposed to be banned from having contact with children.

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Officials took the boy away from his mother in March previous year following vague indications from police that he might be at risk, but a local court sent him back weeks later on condition that she not allow any contact between the child and her partner. The boy is in foster care and, per his lawyer, doing OK considering what he has been through.

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