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Loire-Atlantique: a police officer dismissed for harassment of his ex-partner


Sylvain Avril was sentenced in 2021 for having increased the pressure on an ex-companion that he wanted to win back.

Sylvain Avril, a judicial police officer sentenced in January 2021 for "


" of an ex-companion, will be removed from the national police.

So decided the judge in chambers of the Nantes administrative court on March 8.

This former municipal councilor of the town of Bouguenais, in Loire-Atlantique, had multiplied attempts to win back his former companion met by social networks, indicates

Le Parisien


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At the time, Sylvain Avril was working at the Nantes central police station.

The officer began by sending a box of chocolates to the woman's parents, obtaining their address through the car registration file.

The 42-year-old policeman then put her on the list of beneficiaries of his life insurance without her consent.

In charge of "violence against women"

Not stopping there, Sylvain Avril filed complaints for fraud with the family allowance fund (CAF), which earned the mother several checks.

He also appealed by mail to the Nantes academy to push for "

administrative sanctions

" against the professor.

Finally, still according to Le


, the official broke into a police file to bring out a so-called “

false complaint

” that the woman allegedly filed against her ex-husband, as part of their divorce.

Under the advice of her new companion, himself a policeman, the teacher ends up filing a complaint.

The police officer is then simply transferred to Angers, then to Cholet in Maine-et-Loire, where he is entrusted with the charge of "

violence against women


This allowed him to argue, during his trial: "

Harassment is my core business, I have been doing this for fifteen years... Would I be stupid enough, as an OPJ, to commit such an offence?


When convicted at first instance, he was given a four-month suspended prison sentence.

The mayor of Bouguenais, Sandra Imperiale, then withdrew his position as municipal councilor.

Sylvain Avril, however, continues to sit until his appeal trial in Rennes, which increases the sentence to eight months and declares the former municipal councilor ineligible for three years.

The court had however accepted that his sentence should not appear on the part of the criminal record accessible to employers, "

in order not to penalize him on a professional level

", had indicated one of his lawyers.

With the decision on March 8 of the judge in chambers, he is now dismissed from the national police.

Source: lefigaro

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