VIENNA - An 80-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of sexually abusing his two mentally disabled daughters for 41 years and of beating and threatening them to keep them subservient.
Alois Lissl, a senior state police official, said the father - from the Upper Austrian village of St. Peter am Hart - is suspected of assault, torture, or neglect of defenseless individuals, threat to life or physical condition, rape, and other sex crimes.
The man, whose name was not released, had been living in a senior citizens’ home.
Lissl said the man will be questioned by an investigative judge within the next 48 hours, who will decide whether to keep him confined.
Police said the man’s daughters - now 53 and 45 years old - have accused him of repeatedly raping them at their home between 1970 and May 2011.