Tried for the rape and sexual assaults of these two girls, who were still infants at the time of certain events - which lasted from the birth of the first in April 2012 to her arrest on July 7, 2020 - Mathieu B., 43, was sentenced to 20 years in prison before the Gironde Assize Court, Friday. The maximum sentence with a two-thirds probation period, accompanied by deprivation of parental authority, a ban on contact with one's children and a 10-year socio-judicial follow-up, backed by an additional 7-year prison sentence in case of non-compliance.
The roadman, an employee of the town hall of Frontanac (Gironde), was on the list of the 10 most wanted paedophiles in the world when he was arrested. More than 60,000 child pornography images, including some of his daughters, were found on his computer and hard drives.
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His ex-wife, who had not noticed anything, had filed a civil action on behalf of him and their three children. "She was really relieved by that decision. She said it was good for her children," said the family's lawyer, Mr. Legigan. "The jurors understood that what the accused did to his young daughters was beyond comprehension. They could do nothing but be ruthless," he told Le Figaro in an analysis of the sentence.
A judgment accepted by the convict, who does not intend to appeal. "He knows he's sick. He still has a lot of care to do in detention, he wants to show that he has understood his mistakes and that he will become a different man," said his lawyer, Takoudju. During the hearing, which took place behind closed doors, Mathieu B. thus "took the time, in his own way, to give the explanations that the family was entitled to expect". In the victims' dock, Mr. Legigan confirmed to Le Figaro "that he had the fleeting feeling that at one or two moments, the accused had come out of his manipulative and perverse position to present remorse and sincere apologies, forgetting no one, as if he understood his actions."
Hunted by police officers from the Central Office for the Repression of Violence against Persons, in collaboration with Europol and Interpol, Mathieu B., who was operating on the darknet under the pseudonym "Kali", was found thanks to a mistake on his part. Negligence during the transfer of a video to one of the paedophile websites that administered it had indeed made it possible to identify his IP address and to arrest him.
Victory for associations
Four associations for the defence and protection of children had joined the proceedings as civil parties in this case, which appears to be one of the most emblematic in the field of paedophilia in the last ten years. "This was a very important decision for the paedophile community to be aware that the sentences that are being handed down are becoming more and more severe," said Nathalie Bucquet, the lawyer for Innocence in Danger at the end of the trial.