Former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder has been issued with a 10-month suspended sentence for distributing child pornography.
The 40-year-old Metzelder admitted to the majority of the general public prosecutor’s expenses as his trial started at Dusseldorf District Court on Thursday.
Metzelder had been accused of possessing child and youth pornography and of forwarding 29 recordsdata to a few girls.
The court docket discovered the case confirmed on the primary day as he admitted to 26 of these cases.
He was additionally convicted on one cost of possession, information company dpa reported.
The prosecutor advised the court docket, for instance, that Metzelder in August 2019 despatched photographs exhibiting the sexual abuse of ladies below 10 years outdated, dpa reported.
He made 47 appearances for Germany, serving to them to second place finishes on the 2002 World Cup and 2008 European Championship.
After retirement, Metzelder labored briefly as a pundit for broadcaster ARD.
Metzelder stepped down as president of hometown membership TuS Haltern in September 2019 when the allegations in opposition to him have been made public.
He initially denied the costs. The sentence might be appealed.
The court docket had put aside follow-up dates of May 4 and 10 for the trial.
It passed off amid strict hygiene measures in opposition to the coronavirus.