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Trial begins for 'largest child abuse scandal in Germany history'

Three suspects appeared in court in Germany Thursday to answer charges of child sex assault spanning decades that shocked the nation when it was uncovered in January.

Prosecutors say more than 40 children were subjected to abuse at the

"Eichwald" caravan park in Lügde, North Rhine-Westphalia state, between 1998 and 2018, with most of them between three and 14 years old at the time.

One of the defendants alone – a 56-year-old who lived at the campsite – is accused of 298 crimes against children, in summer 1998 and between early 2008 and late 2018.

The two other defendants are a 34-year-old man also from North Rhine-Westphalia and a 49-year-old from neighbouring Lower Saxony state.