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A priest of the diocese of La Rochelle imprisoned for rape, sexual assault and possession of child pornography images

2023-12-08T12:27:00.431Z

Highlights: A report was sent to a court in Paris for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl. The girl was found to be in possession of child pornography. She was taken into custody and is being held in custody until a court hearing in August. The case has been adjourned until the next court hearing on August 14. The victim has not yet been identified, according to the court. The court will decide if the girl should be released on bail or sent to the custody of her parents.


A report was sent by the diocese of La Rochelle to the public prosecutor's office of Saintes denouncing "inappropriate gestures" on a minor from Charente


A priest was indicted in early July in Nanterre for rape, sexual assault, possession and consultation of child pornography images, after a report from the diocese of La Rochelle, a source close to the case told AFP on Friday, confirming a report by the Sud Ouest newspaper. The priest was remanded in custody the same day, according to the source close to the case.

According to the daily Sud Ouest, the case began in August 2021. A report was sent by the diocese of La Rochelle to the public prosecutor's office of Saintes (Charente-Maritime), denouncing "inappropriate gestures" on a minor from Charente over the age of 15 during a stay in the Paris region.

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A priest is "well known" in Saintes

A preliminary investigation was then opened by the Nanterre prosecutor's office, after the Saintes prosecutor's office had relinquished jurisdiction, the same source close to the case confirmed. On 4 July, the priest was brought before the court and a judicial investigation was opened.

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In the aftermath, he was charged with "rape and sexual assault by a person in authority over the victim, possession of child pornography images and habitual consultation of sites making this type of image available" and placed in pre-trial detention.

This priest is "well known" in Saintes, according to the Bordeaux daily. There, he is said to have founded a rescue and first aid training centre for teenagers and an association.

Source: leparis

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