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Near Dinan, a member of a Catholic community sentenced for sexual assaults on four women – Dinan



A septuagenarian appeared before the court of Saint-Malo, this Thursday, November 24, for acts of sexual assault committed on four women between 2014 and 2019. Particularity, the man is a member of a Catholic community based near Dinan since around fifty years old, the Tressaint Charity Foyers, in Lanvallay (22). Homes already marked, in 2018, by the revelation of “inappropriate gestures” towards women, attributed to the founding priest of the place, who had died at the time of these revelations.

Kisses and touching

Within this home dedicated to “spiritual retreats”, the defendant of this day was supposed to respect strict rules of life, and in particular celibacy. However, on September 8, 2020, a lawyer denounced sexual assaults allegedly committed on women from the Tressaint home. The first would have told of inappropriate behavior by this man, experienced for almost eight years. A second woman recounts several scenes where, in the context of meetings, the man allegedly “put his hand on her breast or touched her in the crotch”.

During the investigation, other women, some residing in a home in Dinard, recounted having been “kissed on the mouth or on the cheek” against their will, having been “pressed against him”, or even having endured ” his hands on his hips. The man was known for his ribald jokes and his closeness to the fairer sex. A few years earlier, the man had been put away from home for these reasons; gone abroad, he would have started to engage in similar acts there.

Ten month suspended sentence

At the hearing, the defendant, now 72 years old, recognizes his actions. He explains them by “a lack of emotional maturity” linked to his family history, and expresses regret. “I broke their trust.” He explains, indeed, having hugged a woman, but to congratulate her. “I am a tactile person”. The psychiatrist expert notes “his impulses and his attractions for women, and a badly assumed religious vocation”.

The prosecution is convinced of the sexual will of the defendant. “Can a kiss on the cheek land a person in jail?” “, asks, for the defense, Me Tessier.

The court aligns itself with the requisitions and condemns the defendant to 10 months in prison with probationary suspension for two years. His registration in the file of perpetrators of sexual abuse (Fijais) is ordered.



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