a former DGSI officer acquitted of sexual assault and sentenced for child pornography images

The Reims court on Tuesday September 14 released an ex-officer of the DGSI of the Ardennes of acts of sexual assault on a 17-year-old minor, but sentenced her to two years in prison, one of which was suspended for detention and consultation of child pornography images.

«It is an incomprehensible judgment. The court sends a message of impunity. This will destroy my client because justice did not hear her»Reacted Me Pauline Manesse, the lawyer of the complainant who was absent at the statement of the deliberation, like the former officer. “I’m going to talk to the public prosecutor about it. I hope the prosecution will appeal this decision»Added Me Manesse.

The requisitions partially followed

The prosecution requested in June four years in prison against this former officer during a hearing which took place behind closed doors. Prosecutor Matthieu Bourrette also requested a ban for five years from carrying a weapon and from any professional activity related to minors as well as registration in the Fijais (automated judicial file of perpetrators of sexual or violent offenses). The court of Reims followed him in these last requisitions.

This police commander, indicted in this case in June 2019, was previously departmental head of the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI, in charge in particular of the fight against terrorism) for the Ardennes.

In April 2019, a woman in her twenties filed a complaint against him in Reims for acts of rape and sexual assault that she said she suffered when she was 17, in the Ardennes, according to the prosecutor’s statements. at the time. The young girl indicated that she had contacted the officer for strictly professional reasons.

Touching recognized, the rest denied

In police custody, the man, then 57 years old, had admitted sexual touching on the complainant, on several occasions, but “always with consent“, And denied”any act of penetration of any kind“. He had claimed to be “fall in love“From her and never have it”forced to anything».

This father had also admitted to regularly consult child pornography sites and download a large number of photos of young minors.

The prosecutor then specified that “as soon as the facts are revealed“, he had been “disarmed by his hierarchy“Then, since the end of April,”administratively suspended from his duties».

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