Europe 1 with AFP 10:46 p.m., May 20, 2022

Matheus Branquinho, 42, deputy LREM deputy Valéria Faure-Muntian, is suspected of having assaulted a six-year-old girl belonging to his family circle, as well as an eight-year-old friend of the latter during the year 2020 on the occasion of games at the homes of the parents of these children.

The substitute deputy for the 3rd constituency of the Loire Matheus Branquinho (LREM), suspected of sexual assault on children and possession of child pornography images, will appear before the criminal court of Saint-Etienne, we learned on Friday from sources. judicial.

Matheus Branquinho, 42, deputy LREM deputy Valéria Faure-Muntian, is suspected of having assaulted a six-year-old girl belonging to his family circle, as well as an eight-year-old friend of the latter during the year 2020 on the occasion of games at the homes of the parents of these children.

Facts that this leader of a small business in the Loire region now disputes after having recognized them during the investigation.

Contacted Friday by AFP, the 40-year-old acknowledges, on the other hand, the possession of several thousand images or videos of a child pornography nature, seized at his home by the investigators, for which he will also have to answer before the criminal court.

"The trial will take place on a date that has not yet been set," said the Saint-Etienne prosecutor's office.

Its holder claims to "ignore all of these accusations"

Asked by AFP, MP Valéria Faure-Muntian, president of the France-Ukraine friendship group and who is not standing for re-election in the next legislative elections, expressed her "astonishment", claiming "to ignore all of these accusations" .

She adds that she "lost contact for several years with (her) deputy", placed in pre-trial detention from March to August 2021 in the prisons of La Talaudière (Loire), then Corbas (Rhône).

Released last summer for procedural flaws by the investigative chamber of the Lyon Court of Appeal, this man of Brazilian origin is subject to a series of obligations by his judicial control.

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