#German Priest Goes On Trial For Alleged Child Sex Abuse

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A Catholic priest went on trial in the German city of Cologne on Tuesday for alleged sexual abuse.

The 70-year-old stands accused of abusing his three nieces in the 1990s in the western town of Gummersbach.

They were aged between seven and thirteen at the time.

He is charged on 31 counts, three of which the public prosecutor describes as particularly serious.

The public prosecutor’s office brought charges in this case just more than two weeks ago.

At the request of the defence, the trial will be behind closed doors following the arraignment.

The court is expected to call on Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Hesse as a witness during the trial.

According to a court spokesperson, he has been summoned for Jan. 18, 2022.

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