Tried before the Assize Court of Eure-et-Loir for rape and sexual assault on his grandchildren: the “lost” phone reveals 300 compromising photos

The gray hair falling on the nape of the neck, the fine and closed face, the septuagenarian does not seem to feel any emotion.

He is however accused of rape and sexual assault on four of his grandchildren, from the age of 11 to 17, and also of rape of one of their friends, of the same age, at his home, in Eure-et. – Dormouse.

During the first day of his trial before the Eure-et-Loir Assize Court, at the Chartres court, this Monday, September 19, it was his personality and his life course that were at the center of the debates. .

“He seemed embittered to me, while trying to minimize his responsibility,” noted one of the gendarmes, when the man was taken into custody.

An analysis which is confirmed before the Assize Court. The accused seems to be angry with the whole world. Especially to his mother and his sister, whom he has not seen for forty years. “What my mother did to me, I will never digest it,” he says, referring to his professional life. “She refused to let me do the job I wanted. »

And then, he talks about the motorcycle license that he couldn’t pass, because his mother would have forbidden him. “She also blamed me for ruining her so much that I got sick when I was a child. »

His words are also harsh when he talks about his sister. “She had rented a house 20 km from my house. I agreed to put the electricity up to standard. She didn’t have time to cook me lunch, ”he says in a monotonous tone, before igniting. “You call that a sis? »

He seems to forget the reasons that led him to be placed in pre-trial detention for four years, and to be brought before the Assize Court. However, he almost escaped. Because when two of his grandsons filed a complaint for rape and sexual assault, in 2013, he vigorously denied in front of the gendarmes.

The children claimed that the sexual abuse began in their very early teens, when they were 11-12 years old. “He took pictures with his phone,” they revealed at the time. A phone they had described.

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“I don’t know how these photos got on my phone”

“This phone, I lost it”, had then assured the septuagenarian. For lack of sufficient elements, the file was closed. In 2018, another grandson receives a call from his grandfather, from the supposedly misplaced phone. He then transmits the information to the investigators who immediately reopen the file.

The suspect’s home is searched. The man tries to hide an object in his bedside table. It is the allegedly lost phone, in which the gendarmes discover 300 sexually explicit photos, featuring a number of children, including four of his own grandsons.

“I don’t know how these photos got on my phone,” says the grandfather, during his police custody, before claiming amnesia, due to excessive alcohol and medication.

Today, the children will come to testify at the bar of the Assize Court. Gaëlle Paris-Muller, the president, warned: “Before each testimony, I will show the photos. Those who do not want to see them can leave the room. »

Unbearable photos for many of them, according to our information, which risk showing the jurors that the “cake and protective grandfather”, according to certain testimonies, would have had another face.

The trial is due to end Thursday evening. The accused faces twenty years of criminal imprisonment.

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Jacques Joannopoulos

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