Fritzl Gets Counseling for 'Ordeal of Trial'

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By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2009 1:38 PM CDT
Fritzl Gets Counseling for 'Ordeal of Trial'
Josef Fritzl is escorted to a break during the second day of his trial at the provincial courthouse in St. Poelten, Austria, on Tuesday March 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Helmut Fohringer, Pool)

Austria’s most infamous incestuous rapist has access to counseling at the prison where he is housed "to help him through the ordeal of the trial," a prison official said. But the official stressed that Josef Fritzl's care was not out of the ordinary. “There is no special treatment for Josef F,” he said. M

“He has two people to protect him at all times,” the official continued. “They don't discuss the trial with him but we are offering him therapists and he does share a cell with two other inmates.” Fritzl can also read the paper and watch television. In taped testimony today, daughter Elisabeth spoke of her father bringing boxes of sexually explicit videos into the bunker, which he forced her to watch and act out in hours-long sessions.
(More Josef Fritzl stories.)

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