French surgeon credited with 250 sex crimes: A retired French surgeon credited with the rape and sexual assault of four minors may have displaced nearly 200 children, a prosecutor investigating what is shaping up as France’s most significant paedophilia case told Monday.
Joel Le Scouarnec, 68, is estimated to go on trial in March for the rape of a neighbour’s daughter, sexual assault & indecent exposure.
The allegations covered the 3-decades when he studied in hospitals across central & western France.
The first charge dates to early 2017, when the origins of a six-year-old girl being in his neighbourhood in the southwestern city of Jonzac blamed him of raping her.
Le Scouarnec is also involved in molesting a young relative, sexually assaulting different young relative and abusing a young patient.
After those charges brought, prosecutors opened a 2nd probe after discovering hidden diaries in which Le Scouarnec pictures sex scenes including numbers of other children.
The children were named in the diaries, enabling police officers to follow them down to try to get their testimonies.
“250 potential tools of acts of paedophilia that do not fall under the statute of limitations known through the (second) research,” the public prosecutor in the city of La Rochelle, Laurent Zuchowicz said on Mon.
Of those, police were ready to question 209, “several of whom had exact memories” of the claimed abuse, he added.
Le Scouarnec’s lawyers have asked that the journal entries were pure “fantasies” but 184 people, 181 of whom did children at the time of the alleged assaults, have registered formal complaints against him.
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“They remember quite well what they existed but never spoke about it because they were scared,” Francesca Satta, a mouthpiece for some of the former surgeon’s claimed victims, told AFP.
The latest charges raise the prospect of Le Scouarnec, who was given a four-month deferred jail sentence in 2005 after being found in possession of child indecency, being at the centre of France’s biggest-ever paedophilia trial.
Apart from the diaries, the latest research also uncovered more images of child indecency and sex toys at Le Scouarnec’s home.
The retired medic chances to 20 years imprisonment if convicted on the first set of charges, for which he will try in the southwestern city of Saintes from March 13 to 17.
French surgeon credited with 250 sex crimes, Most of the subsequent allegations centre on the Brittany region further to the north.