A 37-year-old man, a teacher in a private college in Annecy, is sent back to the Haute-Savoie Assize Court for rape of a minor under the age of 15, after having an affair with a student in 2021, a confirmed the Annecy prosecution this Thursday after the revelations of the weekly Essor Savoyard.
This literature, Latin and Greek teacher is accused of having had sex with a schoolgirl between July 1 and September 6, 2021, when he was 36 years old and the victim was 14 years old.
According to a source familiar with the matter, they would have exchanged by email for several months from the confinement of the end of the year 2020, before their relationship evolved into a “romantic relationship”.
Their hearings drew “a relationship which could give the impression of consent”, specified the Annecy prosecutor, Line Bonnet, but this is “considered as necessarily flawed” within the framework of the law of April 21. 2021 aimed at protecting minors from sexual crimes and offenses and incest, voted a few months before this case.
“Under the influence of this new law, there is rape when the minor is under 15 and there is an age difference of more than 10 years.
The question of consent no longer arises.
There is a presumption of non-consent, ”explained the magistrate.
The man admitted the facts
After discovering their daughter's exchanges with the teacher, the parents filed a complaint in September 2021, which led to the opening of a judicial investigation.
Incarcerated at the start of the investigation, the accused admitted the facts and has since been released under judicial supervision.
"It was suspended in September 2021 by the rectorate, which is always the measure that is taken in such cases without prejudging the elements of fault or not", specifies Marc Héritier, diocesan director of Catholic education in Haute-Savoie. , recalling that he is "a teacher under public law, so his employer is National Education".
The management of the establishment where he was stationed, the private Catholic high school Saint-Michel, did not wish to comment because of the ongoing legal proceedings.
The establishment had already been affected by another case in November 2021, when a former deputy director was sentenced by the Annecy Criminal Court to three years in prison, one of which was suspended for sexual assault on minors and possession of images. child pornography.