A priest from the diocese of Annecy (Haute-Savoie) appeared on Tuesday before the court of Thonon (Haute-Savoie).
The 64-year-old man had to answer for breach of trust and abuse of weakness.
13 possible victims of the defendant have been identified in the department, reports
Le Dauphiné Libéré
The court reserved its decision on July 5.
The investigation targeting the sexagenarian focused on 90,000 euros in donations.
A sum of 65,000 euros was notably donated by a single person.
The doubt is that some of the donors could be considered vulnerable.
Generous gestures would also be likely to be the result of a scam, the prosecution said.
“A chargeable investigation”
The defendant's lawyers denounced "an incriminating investigation", recalling that the two donors described as "vulnerable" had not filed a complaint.
They are also responsible for the highest payouts.
The prosecutor requested a fine of 50,000 euros and a three-year prison sentence, half of which is firm.
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