Illustration of a church in Brittany.
Maxime Le Pihif
There are said to be 19 victims identified to date.
A priest of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint-Pius X was indicted for rape and sexual assault, we learned Thursday from the La Roche-sur-Yon prosecutor's office.
The facts would have occurred between 2006 and May 2020 in Vendée and Charente-Maritime.
"Indicted by the investigating magistrate, he was remanded in custody" Wednesday, indicates the prosecution.
The suspect was taken into police custody Monday after two complaints filed in July.
A judicial investigation was opened on Wednesday for "rape by person in authority, rape of minors under fifteen and sexual assault on minors under fifteen and over fifteen by person with authority and corruption of minors," a detailed the floor in a press release.
53 years old
The indicted man is a "53-year-old ecclesiastic, priest with the priestly fraternity of Saint Pius X assigned from August 2010 to July 2020 at the priory of Notre Dame du Rosaire in Saint Germain de Prinçay", a rural town located in about forty kilometers from La Roche-sur-Yon.
Founded in 1970 by Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991), the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X had quickly distanced itself from the Holy See, refusing to "follow Rome of neo-modernist and neo-Protestant tendency" born, according to her , Vatican Council II (1962-1965).
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