The station manager had sexually abused two children aged 12 and 14 ten times. The defendant exploited his superior position towards the victims, the judges ruled. Three employees of the family attraction in the wuhlheide amusement park have so far been given custodial sentences.
The dismissed station manager and his friend, who was not employed at the children’s railroad, apologized. "I’m sorry for the damage i did to the young," affirmed the 31-year-old german railroad train conductor. The confessions spared the young men embarrassing testimony, judge uwe notzel considered mitigating the punishment. Through his lawyer, the then 12-year-old said, "I will be haunted by these deeds for the rest of my life.
The boy felt obligated to the children’s railroad, he wanted to move up and leave a good impression, said sylvia frommhold, the representative for the nebenklage. The boy had not dared to reveal himself. Involvement in the park railroad system made it so dangerous. Sexual assaults occurred on park railroad property and in private homes from 2005 to 2007.