German man had 7 children with stepdaughter

A German man admitted fathering seven children with his stepdaughter but denied that he had sexually abused her for more than two decades, his attorney said in court yesterday.

The 48-year-old man, identified by the court as Detlef S, is also accused of abusing his daughter and stepson, and forcing both daughters into prostitution.

His trial, which has become a media sensation, has started in Koblenz, western Germany. The defendant has not yet entered a plea. If found guilty, he faces up to 15 years in prison.