VViolence, sexual coercion using limited will, sexual abuse of children, production of child and youth pornography and dangerous bodily harm, sometimes in a large number of cases: the list of allegations only gives an idea of the suffering and horror that should the allegations that the accused Sven B. has spread in recent years are correct. According to the investigation, the former youth football coach, who last worked at the third division club SV Wehen Wiesbaden has been pressuring his charges and other boys since 2014 and using his position of trust to satisfy his sexual needs.
SV Wehen Wiesbaden fired him without notice after the suspicion became known at the end of 2021. According to reports, B. has worked for several clubs in the Rhine-Main region over the past almost 20 years, as well as being a selection coach for the Hessian Football Association. He is said to have the "Youth Elite License" of the German Football Association. The case is one of the most serious of its kind in the German sports scene.
Almost a dozen victims so far
Sven B., a stocky man with a friendly face, came into the courtroom in handcuffs on Friday at the start of the trial before a juvenile chamber of the Frankfurt district court. His three defense attorneys shielded him with file folders so he could not be filmed or photographed. He seemed concentrated and spoke relatively relaxed with his lawyers. Some of the parents of his alleged victims, who are joint plaintiffs in the process, sat diagonally across from him.
Almost a dozen victims have reported to the police and the public prosecutor's office. After one of the boys reported the incidents, B., who lived in the Main-Taunus district, was arrested in December 2021. Since then he has been in custody. According to the indictment, pictures and videos of the crime were found on his cell phone. Several computers and many hard drives with relevant material are said to have been secured in his apartment.
Sleeping drug injected into candies
At the beginning of the trial on Friday, the public prosecutor only presented what B. is accused of in terms of the statutory criminal offenses. After this so-called abstract indictment had been read, the audience and media representatives were asked to leave the room. As a rule, the public is excluded from such proceedings. The law requires this to protect the personality of children and young people and their further development. As little as possible of what was done to them should be known. It remains unclear which of them will testify in court.
As the public prosecutor's office previously announced in connection with the four indictments, B. had also used sleeping pills injected into chocolate sweets to make the boys weak. In other cases, he is said to have threatened them via social networks under a false identity and then offered himself as a conversation partner and helper. He is said to have misused the closeness and trust created in this way for his own purposes. According to the investigation, sexual offenses also occurred during "Playstation evenings".
The negotiation will have to clarify how many children and young people he looked after as a trainer he allegedly violated. The public prosecutor's office does not want to rule out that more victims will report. In the weeks following the arrest of the well-known youth football coach, others had also plucked up the courage to report what had happened to them.
So far, the accused had not commented on the allegations. It remained open on Friday whether he would provide information about himself and the serious allegations against him in the process. The trial is scheduled to end in November. The district court will report on the verdict.