The investigation began when Alan Beckett, the
physical education director of the Flushing Boy’s Club, told federal
authorities that German may have been involved sexually with children.
The Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force
— a joint body composed of federal and City agencies as well as the
Nassau County Police Department — investigated German for six months
before finally placing him under arrest.
German was eventually charged with sexual
abuse, sodomy, endangering the welfare of a child and using a child in
All of these charges involved a 15-year-old
boy, but a spokesperson from the Queens District Attorney’s office
also announced that German was being investigated in connection with the
abuse of three or four other boys.
It was later established that three of the
abused boys were members of the Flushing Boy’s Club.
The DA’s spokesperson said that German’s
“role as director was a factor in getting access to the boys.
His position gave parents a feeling of confidence in him.”
The parents of one boy evidently allowed their son to stay at
German’s home on 247th Street in Little Neck.
Aside from the 15-year-old named in the initial
state and federal charges, German was alleged to have been involved with
another 18-year-old boy, who testified in court documents that he been
regularly sodomized by German for nearly ten years starting when he was
eight years old. This boy
said he met German when he was the assistant director of the Boy’s
Club in Jamestown, New York.
By March 11, 1987, the state and federal
investigations had been shut down after German agreed to plead guilty to
one federal charge in connection with the 15-year-old boy he brought to
Mexico, which carried a maximum 10 year prison sentence.
Two other federal charges connected to
pornographic photos taken by German of the boy were dropped in the plea
German also faced 89 state charges, which the
Queens District Attorney said involved three other boys under the age of
16 whom German had sexual relations with over a four-year span starting
The DA’s spokesperson claimed that more charges could be brought against German, but that officials did not want to traumatize more children by making them relive the details of their abuse during further investigations.