'Brit Fritzl' Gets Life for Raping Daughters 30 Years

'Worst case' judge has ever seen
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2008 3:50 AM CST
Josef Fritzl, right, is escorted by police after his arrest for imprisoning his daughter to be his sex slave. An English dad is being called the "British Fritzl" for raping his daughters for 30 years.   (AP Photo/Michael Wessig)

(Newser) – A British father has been sentenced to 25 life terms for raping his two daughters over nearly 30 years and impregnating them 19 times, reports the Guardian. Nine of the pregnancies resulted in children, all with genetic abnormalities, and two died at birth. Other pregnancies miscarried or were terminated. The man, who has been called the "British Fritzl" after the Austrian father who raped his daughter, began assaulting his children between the ages of 8 and 10, and beat them severely.

An investigation has been launched into how school and local officials missed signs of abuse. "I can't imagine a better definition of being evil than torturing your own children in his abusive way," said one politician who called for the investigation. "The details are just heart-rending."