Natalie Aster was once a happy seven-year-old girl from Bavaria, free to play in the streets of her small town without a care in the world. Then an event occurred that changed the lives of her family and the German community forever. Natalie was abducted on her way to school, sexually assaulted, battered, rendered unconscious and dumped into a nearby river. Her assailant was a repeat sex offender who was released early from jail after serving only two-thirds of a five-and-a-half year sentence imposed after he sexually molested two young girls and raped three women. This disgrace has thrown the conservative Roman Catholic community of Landsberg into mourning and awakened Bavarians to the very real danger of repeat sex offenders.
Belgium, Germany, England, Denmark and the United States: The Implementation of Registration and Castration Laws as Protection Against Habitual Sex Offenders, 16 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 435 (1998).