A 14-year-old boy was arrested on Monday in connection with the rape of a young woman in Germany.

The
prosecutor said that the boy was arrested, due to concerns he could
become a repeat offender, adding that the boy was known to police for
sexual harassment on two other occasions but under German law, he was
not old enough to be prosecuted on those occasions.

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The age of criminal responsibility in Germany is 14, he added.

However,
the arrested teenager is one of five suspects of the rape case; three
14-year-olds and two 12-year-olds who are all of Bulgarian nationality.

The
teenagers are suspected of raping an 18-year-old woman in a wooded area
near a playground in the north-western town of Muelheim in North-Rhine
Westphalia on Friday evening.

The Local government in Dusseldorf
confirmed that the suspects had previously been questioned by police and
then returned to their parents after which they were suspended from
school.

Two of the five suspects had been known to the Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt), which had been active in their families.

The
Youth Welfare Office was asked to contact the families along with local
social services in order to offer help and support, a local spokeswoman
said on Monday.

“It is possible that the children will be taken into care,’’ she said.

Police
confirmed that the victim left the hospital on Saturday, after being
treated. Investigators declined to give out information about the young
woman, citing victim protection concerns.

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