Suspected paedophile who 'abused his step-daughter and uploaded images to dark web was loving father'

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A suspected paedophile allegedly abused his stepdaughter and uploaded images to the dark web.

The 24-year-old German man, only identified as Christian J, has been described as a seemingly loving family father by shocked relatives and friends.

His partner had even described her boyfriend as a "dream man" on social media before she learned about the horrific acts he allegedly committed with her daughter.

Christian J was arrested on Monday after authorities took the unusual step of going public with images of the young victim in a bid to identify her after they exhausted all other clues.

The public prosecutor's office has charged the family father from the state of Lower Saxony with nine counts of serious sexual abuse and posting child pornography to the so-called dark net.

Suspect Christian J, being led out of court by the police

Christian J, who works as a kitchen installer, is the stepfather of the four-year-old victim.

He got to know her mother when the four-year-old child was still a baby.

In spring 2016, Christian J and the woman had a second child together, a boy.

A relative said: "He has always looked after his child very affectionately."

On Monday, the mother of the victim's dream world however collapsed when she saw the pictures of her own daughter which the federal criminal police distributed across Germany.

The images came from abuse videos, which the perpetrator uploaded to the dark net between October 2016 and July 2017.

Unnamed foreign authorities passed on the information to the German police because they heard a German language TV show in the background of the abuse video.

Christian J is the stepfather of the four year old victim

As the investigators could not find any clues leading to the perpetrator and victim, they decided to take the unusual step of releasing the victim's picture as their only chance to find her and end the abuse.

Chief prosecutor Alexander Badle explained: "After the material was discovered, we tried the conventional methods of investigation: technical details, chat protocols, evaluation of the image material.

"When it was clear that there was no other solution besides showing the victim's photos, it still needed to be juridically checked and decided."

Badle said that there were still three months between the last video uploaded to the dark net by the perpetrator and the release of the victim's picture, but explained that "you cannot make it any shorter".

Only 12 hours after the release of the victim's picture, the mother appeared with her daughter at a police station to file criminal charges against her boyfriend.

The suspect being taken out of the court by cops

Christian J was arrested shortly afterwards in their house as cops searched the entire premises for possible evidence.

According to the authorities, Christian J had no criminal record and was not known to be part of known paedophile circles.

An old acquaintance of Christian J described him as "inconspicuous" and said he spent lots of hours behind his computer.

Christian J is currently in investigative custody. If found guilty, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Scott Blair - UK News
By Scott Blair - UK News 11/10/2017 12:52:00