French child carer confessed to molesting 60 children

21st September 2004, Comments 0 comments

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - The trial of a 26-year-old French childcare assistant who allegedly confessed to sexually molesting 60 children under his charge began in this western town Monday.

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - The trial of a 26-year-old French childcare assistant who allegedly confessed to sexually molesting 60 children under his charge began in this western town Monday.  

Alexandre Ferrand has admitted to assaulting minors aged between 3 and 14 during his time as a teaching assistant or camp supervisor in a variety of French educational and sporting establishments between 1999 and 2001, prosecutors say.  

He made his alleged confession days after being arrested when a five-year-old boy told his mother that he had been the victim of caresses by Ferrand.  

After denying the facts and being released, he wrote to police to admit his guilt and reveal the extent of his crimes, which included the rape of seven young boys, according to a report in Le Parisien newspaper.  

Psychological experts have described him as having a "perverse personality" and a "stabilised schizophrenia".  

He faces up to 20 years in prison and 10 years of counselling if convicted.

 

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