Home | News | Regional | Father who raped daughter since was 3 years old then fled to Europe is finally convicted

Father who raped daughter since was 3 years old then fled to Europe is finally convicted

By
Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Frank K.C. Hertel and his wife fled Arizona before the trial and lived a secret life in Germany
  • His daughter and victim Heather Orr tracked Hertel down to a bar he was running after seeing a news article about her grandfather being arrested
  • Hertel sobbed an apology to his daughter Heather Orr at his sentencing in an Ohio court on Tuesday
  • Mrs Orr, 31, told the court: 'I love my dad because he's my dad but he hurt me more than anyone could imagine'
  • Her husband Daniel Orr told the court his wife 'had lost her childhood' and begged the judge to send Hertel away for a long time
  • Hertel sentenced to up to 95 years in prison and will not be up for parole for 20 years

By Louise Boyle

PUBLISHED: 16:48 EST, 6 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:14 EST, 6 March 2014

0

View
comments

A father who fled the U.S. before he could face trial for molesting his daughter has finally been sentenced in central Ohio after she tracked him down.

Frank K.C. Hertel and his wife Judy, the girl's mother, fled Arizona before his trial in 2000 and lived a secret life in Germany for nine years before his adult daughter Heather Orr tracked him down in 2009.

Hertel had used his brother's identity to take loans from the German government and run a bar and grill. They refused to allow Mrs Orr's brother to contact her.

Scroll down for video

Frank Hertel, 51, fled to Germany with his wife before he could be tried in 2000 for raping his daughter from the age of three

Frank Hertel, 51, fled to Germany with his wife before he could be tried in 2000 for raping his daughter from the age of three

Heather Orr has revealed her identity saying that she wanted to give a face and a name to victims of rape

Heather Orr has revealed her identity saying that she wanted to give a face and a name to victims of rape

The rapist father sobbed in court as he turned to face daughter Heather (pictured right) and apologize

The rapist father sobbed in court as he turned to face daughter Heather (pictured right) and apologize

The pedophile was finally captured thanks to the detective work of Mrs Orr herself.

Mertel was extradited to the U.S. in 2009 after his daughter who he abused tracked him down running a bar in Germany

Mertel was extradited to the U.S. in 2009 after his daughter who he abused tracked him down running a bar in Germany

In 2009, she typed her abusive father's name into Google and found a news article about her grandfather, who shares the same name, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Hertel Senior had been arrested on tax evasion at Heathrow Airport in London after he allegedly owed $1.2million to the Canadian government.

Comments had been made about the Hertel family at the bottom of the article and Mrs Orr contacted people by email to see if they knew more about her father.

A website for a bar and grill revealed that her father was the owner and someone sent her a picture of her brother standing outside the business. 

Hertel was extradited back to the United States in 2009, and in 2012 he was convicted in Arizona and sentenced to 20 years for child molestation.

On Tuesday, the 51-year-old Hertel was sentenced to serve between 19 and 95 years in prison for assaulting his daughter during their time in Ohio. He pleaded guilty to the charges. 

Hertel admitted in court that between 1993 and 1995, he raped and molested a female relative under the age of 13, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Hertel doubles up sobbing in court as he was sentenced to 19 to 95years in jail for raping his daughter. It will be 20 years before he is up for parole

Hertel doubles up sobbing in court as he was sentenced to 19 to 95years in jail for raping his daughter. It will be 20 years before he is up for parole

Hertel moved his family to Arizona where he continued to abuse his daughter. He was charged and found guilty in 2001 of the crimes but fled the country.

Before he was sentenced, the judge allowed Hertel a chance to speak before the Delaware court.

Rising to his feet, he faced his daughter and in a high-pitched wail, sobbed: 'I'm terrible sorry' adding that he wanted his victim to have 'closure'.

Mrs Orr, 31, who is married and has an 11-year-old daughter, faced her abuser in court and revealed her identity.

Heather Orr was comforted by her husband Daniel in court, who called his wife a 'hero not a victim'

Heather Orr was comforted by her husband Daniel in court, who called his wife a 'hero not a victim'

She said: 'I wish more than anything that a stranger did this to me. I love my dad because he's my dad but he hurt me more than anyone could imagine.'

She added that she now has an 11-year-old daughter, the age she was when the sexual abuse she suffered was at its worst.

Mrs Orr's testimony to the court was interrupted by Hertel's cries of 'I'm so sorry Heather.'

The married mother said that the only thing her father was remorseful about was being caught and sent to prison. Mertel will spend decades in jail for the molestation of his daughter which began when she was just three years old

Mertel will spend decades in jail for the molestation of his daughter which began when she was just three years old

Mrs Orr's husband Daniel described his wife as a 'hero, not a victim' and took the stand to ask the judge to put Hertel away for a very long time.

He said: 'She lost her childhood. She should never have had to face anything that she faced.'

Outside of the courtroom Mrs Orr told NBC4: 'I want to give a face and a name to women, I want them to stand up and say this is not right what is happening to children and women who are abused.'

Hertel pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition in Delaware, north of Columbus.

He faces 19 to 95 years in prison. It will be 20 years before he is up for parole.

WCMH: News, Weather, and Sports for Columbus, Ohio
Read more:

MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS

MOST READ NEWS

 

 
 

Colorado News

Get the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
 
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Rate this article

0
 
 

Photo Galleries

PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity Awkward family photos 
 
UPDATED: Faces of Meth PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter

More galleries ››

 
 
 
  1. Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash (1.50)

  2. Spoiled’ teen takes parents to court (1.00)

  3. Terms of Service (0)

  4. Colorado Newsday Privacy Policy (0)

  5. Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party (0)

  6. Russian troops threaten to shoot Ukrainian soldiers in tense stand-off (0)

  7. Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row (0)

  8. Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires (0)

  9. Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida (0)

  10. Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay (0)

  11. Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office (0)

  12. Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora (0)

  13. Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K (0)

  14. Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks (0)

  15. Tiny parasitic tapeworm burrows its way through a man's brain for FOUR YEARS (0)

  16. Don't fry this at home! Fire department shows how NOT to deep-fry a turkey this Thanksgiving (0)

  17. Bill Cosby STILL a Temple University trustee despite continued sexual assault claims and getting nixed by NBC and TV Land (0)

  18. Bill Cosby returns to the stage and receives standing ovation at benefit for women's organization as new actress comes forward to say he forced her into oral sex (0)

  19. Daisy the Labrador has helped find disease in 551 patients  (0)

  20. Mississippi and West Virginia are the fattest states in the U.S. - but everyone is more overweight than they imagine (0)

  21. Jerry Seinfeld says he's not autistic after all (0)

  22. Man, 50,  returning from Mali isolated at Bellevue Hospital tests negative for Ebola (0)

  23. As sitcom king Bill Cosby faces mounting accusations of rape: Was it fears of seeming racist that protected 'America's Dad' for so long?   (0)

  24. Parents of aid worker Peter Kassig beheaded by ISIS tweet they had adopted their son at birth and publicly thank his biological mother and two siblings by name (0)

  25. More students sarcastically say,'#THANKS Michelle Obama' and post photos of their 'healthy' school meals (0)

  26. Daniel Handler apologizes for offensive watermelon joke at National Book Awards (0)

  27. 'We're not going to deport you': Obama announces amnesty for millions of 'anchor baby' parents and illegal immigrant children -- as long as they've been in US for five years (0)

  28. Michael Brown Sr. urges for calm and non-violent protests ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision so that his 'son's death not be in vain' (0)

  29. Boy, 17, who 'enrolled as 12-year-old at elementary school is arrested for child pornography along with a man, 28, who pretended to be his father' (0)

  30. School official on leave after retweeting a 'joke' about interracial couples - but she insists she didn't see anything racist about it and both her daughters had black prom dates (0)

  31. Prosecutors: Man wrongly convicted of 1978 slaying (0)

  32. Wal-Mart tricked into selling PS4s for $90 after loophole (0)

  33. UC Berkeley students ignore Fox commentator waving ISIS flag but ATTACK him when he waves Israeli flag (0)

  34. BREAKING NEWS: Woman arrested with a gun outside White House minutes after Obama concluded immigration speech (0)

  35. Bill Cosby gets another standing ovation as he performs for the first time in the United States since latest wave of rape allegations - and only one woman comes out to protest (0)

  36. Caught on camera: Moment two civilians confront police officer over littering sparking profanity-laced verbal spat (0)

  37. How the student sons of Chinas super rich show off their wealth (0)

  38. Man in prison 19 years freed after claim recanted (0)

  39. 'These won't be our last holidays together!': Tearful immigrant student says she had no idea she'd be in Obama speech that revealed her father can stay in America (0)

  40. Miracle On 34th Street comes alive as Macy's unveils its holiday windows with just over a month to go before Christmas (0)

  41. Iglesias, Calle 13 clean up at Latin Grammys (0)

  42. A view from the bottom in America's poorest city: Captivating photo series gives an intimate glimpse of the faces men, women and children struggling to get by on the streets of Philadelphia (0)

  43. Hayley Turner, 18, who faked her own abduction sparking multi-state search placed on three years probation and fined $15,200 for the search (0)

  44. Man is brutally stabbed NINE TIMES for kindly asking a man to stop catcalling his girlfriend (0)

  45. Housekeeper Cara Simmons GIVEN the home she's sent to clean (0)

  46. Nestle developing exercise in a BOTTLE to create the ultimate diet drink  (0)

  47. A fifth of type 2 diabetics will NOT benefit from exercise due to genetics (0)

  48. Are Kylie Jenner's lips achievable with just 'overlining' make-up? (0)

  49. Yoko Ono teams up with The Flamming Lips for christmas song (0)

  50. Naya Rivera says married people shouldn't have friends of the opposite sex (0)