Twist in case of father who held his children captive on isolated farm

A Dutch dad accused of keeping his children locked away on a rural farming property for nine years has been charged with sexually abusing two of his older children.

Gerrit Jan van Dorsten, 67, had already been charged with money laundering, deprivation of liberty and mistreatment of his nine children after he allegedly kept six kids against their will on a farm in Ruinerwold, in the Netherlands.

He was charged along with a 58-year-old Austrian national after his 25-year-old son, Jan Zon, showed up at a pub near the home and informed an employee he and several siblings were living in isolation.

Police raided the farm in October and discovered six young adults aged between 18 and 25 allegedly being held captive.

Two selfie images of Jan Zon van Dorsten found on his Facebook profile. Source: Facebook

The 58-year-old man who rented the farm property, Josef Brunner, was arrested by authorities while van Dorsten was arrested later.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the mysterious situation to discover what led to the family’s alleged detainment.

In a statement released by the Dutch Prosecution Service on November 28, authorities revealed van Dorsten was suspected of sexually abusing two of his three oldest children.

The trio did not live at the Ruinerwold farm and it was not revealed when the alleged sexual abuse took place.

Van Dorsten and Brunner are also suspected of depriving a 69-year-old man, from Austria, of his liberty in Meppel for several months in 2009.

The Ruinerwold farm where the family were found in October. Source: Associated Press

The first public hearing will take place for both suspects on January 21 next year, prosecutors said.

While residents reported seeing Brunner at the farmhouse regularly, neighbours say he would be at the property during the day, leave and not return at night.

According to neighbours, the two men briefly lived next door to each other in a nearby Dutch town of Hasselt in 2004.

A spokesman from the Unification Church, known colloquially as the Moonies, said van Dorsten had been a member at some stage.

“We investigate whether following a certain belief in life or faith has led to the living situation in which the people were,” an earlier police statement read.

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