Jorge Arias, a 51-year-old osteopath, appears on Monday at the Lyon Assize Court for rape.

The facts date back to the summer of 2014. According to the complaint of the young woman, now 27, the practitioner allegedly engaged in touching and sexual acts during osteopathy sessions, in his office in the 9th arrondissement. from Lyon.

The victim reports a psychological influence exerted in a medical context, while she was experiencing personal difficulties.

She explained that the practitioner, who had been recommended to her by a relative, had encouraged her to follow “a new method” which resulted in sexual acts.

The accused admitted the facts

Traumatized, the young woman filed a complaint four years later, in May 2018, after reading accounts of the first trial of Jorge Arias for similar acts committed between 2013 and 2015 on six victims.

He was then sentenced to twelve years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

“The first trial mentioned in the press allowed him to have the courage to file a complaint.

This case shows the mechanisms of influence and manipulation by a medical discourse, “said Mélissa Masseron, the victim’s lawyer.

“The facts of this trial are part of a period for which my client has already been sentenced to twelve years in prison.

The victim in this case was not identified at the time.

He admitted the facts, he does not dispute his responsibility, ”argued the defense lawyer, Me Samir Driss.


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