Horror, bewilderment and uncertainty prevail in the neighborhood of the alleged pedo criminal Marcus R. in Wermelskirchen. Local residents are wondering: How could they be so mistaken about the 44-year-old?

Marcus R. and his wife had built a house in Tente, an idyllic part of Wermelskirchen. Black gabled roof, lots of glass, white plaster, a striking red front door, a large garden that extends to the Balkan route, a popular cycle path through the Bergisches Land. The couple moved in about a year ago.