Man who fathered children with captive daughter to be moved from psychiatric facility to prison

According to the court, a man who kept his daughter captive for 24 years, repeatedly raping her and fathering seven children with her, can be moved from psychiatric detention to a regular prison. The decision was made by the state court in the town of Krems on Monday. The court said in a statement that the 89-year-old man no longer poses the kind of danger that requires keeping him in psychiatric detention. This decision was based on an April 30 hearing with the man, as well as reports by forensic and psychiatric experts. Due to the man’s advancing dementia and physical decline, psychiatric detention is no longer necessary for his “combined personality disorder” as there is no longer a danger of him committing crimes, the court said. The court said the man can be moved to the prison for a 10-year trial period but that he cannot be released from detention altogether. Prosecutors had appealed an earlier decision in January that the man could be moved to a regular prison, and both sides also are entitled to appeal the latest decision. His crime came to light in 2008 and he was sentenced in 2009 to life imprisonment for committing incest, rape, coercion, false imprisonment and enslavement of his daughter, and negligent homicide of one of his infant sons. The man became known as the “Monster of Amstetten” after the town where he locked up his then-18-year-old daughter in a sound-proofed basement of his house in 1984. Over the next 24 years, he repeatedly raped her and fathered seven children with her, one of whom died.