A former candidate for the municipal elections in the village of Saint-Quentin-la-Buterre, Friday, May 20, 2022, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for corruption of a minor and sexual assault of a 13-year-old. A boy, while 18 years old, in the summer of 2019.
Mark was 18 years old at the time of the events, and he notably filmed a 13-year-old having oral sex with him and watching porn with him. “I admit that I had an affair with himdeclares the accused, crushing a tear from his first words. His parents knew about it, they took us to the river or to go shopping. I never asked myself about age… The presiding judge asks him to take a deep breath in describing their meeting. ” With Tom, that was my first lesbian romantic relationship. We met at a village festival where we became friends. We used to see each other every day, and at one point, he kissed me, says shyly. againstIt was the day he gave me a blowjob and so did I but there was no penetration »
Clothes, pizzeria, game console…
A few weeks after Tom’s stepfather discovers they are having sex, the teen’s mother ends up filing a complaint. His son explains that he consented to these sexual acts out of fear of losing his friend and seeing him leave with many gifts: clothes, a pizzeria, a game console… Mark paid for them with bounced cheques. “ I slept with them regularly. I knew our relationship almost immediately. His mother accepted him. And the Xbox we’ve been playing togetherconfirms to the 22-year-old defendant. But I never blackmailed. When he didn’t want to, I did nothing. »
“Why did you lie about his age?”
The judge tries to find out if Mark is particularly attracted to minors. Do you appreciate the age difference with your partner? asks Jean-Michel Perez. ” No, I’ve had relationships with people older than me! “He defends Mark, and he is still crying. However, investigators discover that he used the mailbox of the company he was working for at the time to place an application for young college interns.” I didn’t know all these laws, and I wasn’t aware of these prohibitions Mark defends himself, sniffing.
Prosecutor Roman Dominguez intervenes. ” Something bothers me. You justify yourself by saying it was love, and you don’t know the law, at 18. But in 2019, you’re educated, comfortable with social media, and necessarily aware of what can be done with minors. Isn’t that a little easy as a defense? “He defies the judge.” I was in a class with academic delays “Mark says, head down. The prosecutor doesn’t stop there.” But then why did you lie about his age in police custody, saying he was 15, when you found out he was younger than him? A silence too long for the judge to break it. “ Haven’t you been making fun of us lately? Roman Dominguez concludes.
“He could have appeared before the criminal court for rape”
Tom and his family’s lawyer speaks. ” I am amazed at his utter lack of remorse and what he put the victim throughOlivier Goujon points out. He only talks about himself. I don’t think for a moment that he wasn’t familiar with the law and that it was totally wrong for him to have any parental consent! He totally denies when the facts are not unimportant, they are criminal and he can appear in the criminal court for rape. »
The prosecution, in turn, points out the accused’s inconsistencies. ” On the acts of penetration and the age of the victim, he gave at least three different versions. He sees his victim as an object of enjoyment, and tends to turn to younger or more vulnerable individuals. »
“The victim was also in love…”
The young man’s lawyer does not agree with this description. ” It is not a sexual predator. For him, this is his first story. Besides, the victim was also in love at some point. Even Tom’s stepfather saw love in their eyesrefers to Agnes Mazel. This is the reason why he has not been prosecuted for rape. I’m not saying it’s Tom’s fault, but it’s a consensual relationship, that’s it. They were not hidden and no one was bothered. Mark was sentenced to two years in prison with a three-year probationary suspension, and a ban on working with minors. His conviction is recorded in the sex offenders registry.