NL warned Germany about paedophile swim teacher in 2015


The Netherlands warned Germany that a convicted paedophile swimming teacher who served four years in jail for abusing dozens of girls had moved to that country, the public prosecution department has told broadcaster NOS.

The warning was issued in 2015 after L completed his probation and was no longer being monitored, the spokesman said. 

Benno L was jailed for six years in 2010 for abusing 57 mainly girls in his care but was given early, supervised release in 2013.

In 2015 he moved to Germany where in 2023 he was convicted of similar offences, news magazine Panorama said earlier this week.

Panorama said a court in Aachen sentenced the 74-year-old to nine years in jail for child abuse in May last year. He had posed as an odds jobs man and babysitter but was reported to the police by one of his clients in 2022.

L was first arrested in the Netherlands in June 2009 after a computer repairman found hundreds of suspect photographs and films on his computer. He ran a swimming school specialising in teaching handicapped children to swim.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation