The former German international and former player of the Real Madrid Christoph Metzelder He appeared today before the German court to answer the charges of possession and exchange of juvenile pornography, including images of sexual abuse of a girl.
The prosecution charges the defendant with having shared 29 files with child and juvenile pornography content with three women.
In the reading of the charges against the former player, the prosecution included details about one of the cases, in August 2019, in which he shared images of abuse of a ten-year-old girl on successive days, reports regional public television WDR.
The statement of the 40-year-old former player focused at the beginning of the hearing on his professional career, his commitment to different social projects, as well as the public recognitions obtained both in the field of football and in the private sphere.
He did not comment on the charges against him, although he insisted that since September 2019 he has been retired and focused on private matters.
The process takes place in the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf (west of the country) and there are three views scheduled until May 10.
In case of being found guilty, he could fall from an economic sanction to penalties of deprivation of liberty of between six months and five years.
Suspicions against Metzelder surfaced in September 2019.
Initially, the identity of the former player was not made public. But media such as the tabloid newspaper “Bild” spread the case citing him as a suspect, while the main implicated is a woman, with whom he apparently shared those files.
The Düsseldof Prosecutor’s Office presented its formal accusation on September 4, still without citing the person implicated by name. From the text of the prosecution it was deduced, according to the aforementioned newspaper, that Metzelder had at least partially confessed the charges.
Last September there were searches related to the case and the police seized various objects, including at least a mobile phone and a computer.
Metzelder played for Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Schalke. He was the starter of the German team that was runner-up in the 2002 World Cup and third in 2006.