The biggest net ever made to fight against paedophilia in France. 80 people were arrested in 53 French departments at the beginning of the week, Actu17 revealed on Friday. All suspects arrested during this vast operation - the largest ever carried out in France - coordinated by the police and gendarmerie, have been taken into custody.
Of the 80 people arrested, 51 have been brought to justice. 13 were subsequently imprisoned after conviction in an immediate court trial and, finally, 38 were placed under judicial supervision. Five suspects have also been summoned for a criminal hearing, according to information from Actu17.
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'Investigations still ongoing'
The investigation was carried out under the coordination of the Office for Minors (OFMIN), which was created last September, together with the Brigade for the Protection of Minors, the police services of the National Directorate of the Judicial Police and the gendarmerie. On the social network X, Gérald Darmanin praised this "major crackdown against paedophilia" and "the exceptional mobilisation of the police and gendarmes of the Office for Minors". "Investigations are still ongoing. Congratulations to our law enforcement agencies," the interior minister added.
Five suspects were particularly in the sights of the OFMIN, points out BFMTV. Among them are two teachers from the schools. The first is suspected of assaulting a former student and has been imprisoned. "A large number of images of children, for which he was responsible, were discovered on his digital media," a source close to the case told Actu17. He regularly visited child pornography sites and had downloads of child pornography in his possession. The second school teacher was placed under judicial supervision and banned from working with minors.
A third individual, known for incestuous rape, was also imprisoned. So did a supervisor of children with disabilities who was already known for sexual assault. A change of identity had allowed him to work again in contact with minors. A local elected official has been placed under judicial supervision. He will be tried next February for possessing, consulting and sharing more than 100,000 child pornography contents, BFMTV said.