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Dear: members of the Catholic school Angélus tried for violence against students

2021-09-26T21:35:15.657Z

A multitude of testimonies from children, but also from teachers and volunteers, reveal a daily life of humiliation, corporal punishment and drudgery for some students.



An abbot, former director of the school, and two teachers will appear from Monday before the Bourges correctional court for violence committed on students at the Angelus institution, a private Catholic school outside the contract located in Presly ( Expensive) and now closed.

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Father Régis Spinoza is being prosecuted for violence with an ITT of more than eight days committed on a minor and for violence without ITT committed on several children.

Placed under judicial supervision following his indictment in June 2017, the man of the church, presumed innocent, faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

A multitude of testimonies from children, but also from teachers and volunteers, were collected by the investigators, revealing a daily life of humiliation, corporal punishment and chores for some students.

Children could stay a whole day, even several days and even several weeks in a chair, without eating, in plain sight.

Me Solange Doumic

Only two families became civil parties, while the investigation had identified 51 victims.

According to Me Solange Doumic, the lawyer of three children, Mr. Spinoza "

had his faces of Turkish

".

"

The children could stay a whole day, even several days and even several weeks in a chair, without eating, in plain sight

," adds the lawyer.

If the defense lawyer, Me Ludivine Lamour, recognizes "

strict

"

educational methods

, she refutes the violence.

Hidden work

In addition to Father Spinoza, two other men, now aged 28 and 59, will be in the box of defendants on Monday for less violence.

They face three years in prison.

In another part of the case, the abbot is suspected of having had recourse to hidden work within the establishment, in particular for certain teachers.

The defense speaks of “

volunteering

” and “

giving of oneself to support the project

”.

Closed since June 2017, the Angelus welcomed around a hundred students, from primary to high school.

Since the indictment of its former director, the institution has never reopened its doors.

The trial is scheduled for three days.

Source: lefigaro

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