The Afghan Muslim asylum seekers, aged 14 and 34, had reportedly molested the teenagers at a popular aquatics centre in Norderstedt, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. The alleged victims, aged 14 and 18, were reportedly assaulted near the water slide at the main pool of the town’s Arriba baths complex.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Robert S) The frightened girls alerted security staff at the pool who held the men until police arrived. Both were arrested for attempted rape and sexual coercion.
They are being held in custody without bail because they are considered a flight risk and there are fears they may commit further assaults if let free.
This is the second alleged incident involving foreigners at the Arriba swimming pools in just 18 months.
In June 2014, a group of seven young immigrant men attacked five schoolgirls aged between 15 and 17, grabbing their breasts and buttocks and ripping the bikini top from one of them in the exact same spot where the weekend attack occurred.
Germany has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the distribution of posters in numerous languages aimed at asylum seekers, informing them of correct behaviour towards women.
Local swimming pools have become a focus of efforts to try to educate the new arrivals to respect women and girls, even if they are wearing bathing costumes.
There have been several attacks reported in Germany at such venues and in neighbouring Austria an Iraqi asylum seeker is awaiting trial for the brutal rape of a young boy in a pool changing room.
Germany remains tense in the wake of the mass attacks against hundreds of women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve when roaming bands of immigrants sexually attacked and robbed them in a frenzy which the police failed to control.