It would seem that the "not-so-Catholic affairs of a parish priest of Moselle", revealed in our columns on November 12, are catching up with the parish priest Sébastien Douvier. On November 24, 2023, the Metz lawyer Thomas Hellenbrand was made the recipient of a letter from Olivier Glady, the public prosecutor of Sarreguemines, informing him "in fairly general terms that new elements had intervened that had led to the relaunch of the investigation concerning Abbé Douvier", he explained. "The prosecutor reports developments, according to which my client's complaint is being relaunched under investigation," the lawyer said.
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Until now, Father Douvier's cases had not raised eyebrows in the justice system, since between 2015 and 2020, five complaints had been filed against him for abuse of weakness on a vulnerable person. On each occasion, the facts denounced concerned elderly, widowed and rather wealthy parishioners whom he had managed to manipulate into obtaining money from them, his designation as legatee of their will or beneficiary of their life insurance. He had also tried to acquire the bare ownership of a chalet with a pond in the depths of the Bitche region (Moselle). Lodged with the public prosecutor of Sarreguemines, they had all been dismissed, even that of the Moselle supervisory body.
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