Thursday, August 25, 2011

Austrian man arrested for allegedly raping his mentally disabled daughters

An 80-year old Austrian man has been taken into custody for allegedly sexually abusing his wife and his two mentally disabled daughters for more than 40 years, police and a prosecutor said Thursday.

"We fear that he might bother his victims or continue to abuse women," chief prosecutor Alois Ebner, who ordered the arrest, told CNN.

The man's wife died three years ago, investigators said, but the daughters still lived with their father in the northwestern town of Braunau. They slept on a wooden bench and were threatened by their father with a pitchfork, authorities said.

"He isolated the two women from the outside world for all the time," said Ernestine Heger, another prosecutor in the case.

Police freed the two sisters in May 2011, after a social worker brought their allegations to authorities. The man had fallen on the floor that month and could not get up, officials said, and his daughters refused to help him for two days. The women then entrusted themselves to a social worker, who informed police about the situation.

After being treated in a hospital, the man was transferred to a nursing home in Braunau while the case was being investigated, authorities said. more