German teacher sentenced to 30 months in prison

A 31-year-old German was sentenced to prison in California. He had traveled to the United States to meet a minor. The girl’s mother turned on the police.

A German has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a sex offense in California. A judge in Oakland delivered the verdict in a court hearing on Thursday. The Baden-W├╝rttemberg teacher was arrested in August 2019 while on a three-week vacation trip to Brentwood, Northern California. There, he met a 15-year-old who he met in October 2018 through a gaming platform.

The man, who was 31 at the time of the crime, was charged with traveling to the United States with the intent of having sexual contact with a minor. In January he pleaded guilty. The public prosecutor’s office now insisted on a ten-year prison sentence when determining the sentence, and the defense argued that the one-year pre-trial detention already served was sufficient as punishment.

The laws in the US are stricter than in Germany

The teacher’s lawyer pointed out during the hearing that his client and the girl had developed strong feelings for each other after months of online relationship. According to legal standards, there would be no criminal offense in Germany. In the US, however, the laws are stricter.

At the time, the girl’s mother suspected that the daughter was meeting the grown man in a hotel and called the police. The German has been in a prison in Northern California since his arrest. As his lawyer informed the DPA when asked, the time in pre-trial detention will be deducted from the imposed and slightly reduced sentence. He must now be behind bars for another 13 months.

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