The former surgeon Joël Le Scouarnec, accused of rape and sexual assault on four minors at the material time and tried at the Assize Court of Saintes, was sentenced to 15 years of criminal imprisonment.

The 70-year-old had admitted the facts during his trial, which had been held behind closed doors since Monday.

Former surgeon Joël Le Scouarnec, 70, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years of criminal imprisonment at the end of his trial behind closed doors at the Assizes of Saintes, in Charente-Maritime, for sexual abuse of four minors.

Obligation of socio-judicial monitoring

This sentence, in accordance with the requisitions of the Advocate General, was accompanied by an obligation of socio-judicial monitoring of 3 years and an injunction of care, the accused having been found guilty of all the facts against him. were criticized.

Joël Le Scouarnec appeared since Monday behind closed doors before the Assize Court in Saintes, in front of which he released unexpected confessions but in a trickle, between "strategy" of "amnesia" and "manipulation", according to lawyers of civil parties.

The first part of an "extraordinary" case

This first trial, which was held in an electric atmosphere, is the first part of a case of pedophilia "outside the norm" for 30 years.

The formerly respected doctor, father of three sons, has in fact also been indicted since October in Lorient (Morbihan), in a second procedure, for rape and sexual assault on 312 potential victims identified in the light of his intimate "notebooks" discovered in 2017. He admitted some facts.