The ex-surgeon will be retried in the fall.

The appeal trial of Joël Le Scouarnec, sentenced in December to 15 years' imprisonment in a first case of rape and sexual assault on minors, will take place from November 15 to 19 before the Vienna Assize Court, a-t - we learned Friday from a judicial source.

"Subject of course that the accused does not withdraw from his appeal," said Estelle Lafond, secretary general to the first president of the Poitiers court of appeal, confirming information from France Info.

A big deal

In December in Saintes, during a closed-door trial, the Charente-Maritime Assize Court had found the former surgeon and pedophile guilty of sexual assault on one of his nieces and a young patient in the 1990s, as well as rape on another niece, at the same period, and on his neighbor in Jonzac (Charente-Maritime), a six-year-old girl who had denounced him in 2017. He risked a maximum of twenty years in prison.

Detained at the Saintes remand center, Joël Le Scouarnec is also indicted in Lorient (Morbihan) for acts of rape and sexual assault on 312 potential victims identified in the light of his "notebooks", found at his home in 2017, chronicling sexual abuse over a 30-year period.


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