Frenchman sought in US for sexual abuse charged in France
A 29-year-old Frenchman sought in the United States for sexually abusing six minors has been charged in France, prosecutors said Saturday.
The young man was taken in for questioning in the western city of Angers at the start of the week and was charged on Thursday with rape and sexual abuse of minors, Anger prosecutor Brigitte Angibaud said.
According to the victims' lawyer, Pascal Rouiller, he was also charged with corrupting minors and taking pictures of a paedophile nature.
Adrien Massy fled the northern US state of Minnesota on June 10 for Iceland before authorities could arrest him after his activities were revealed, according to US news websites.
He had been working in the United States for two years as a teacher at the French Academy of Minnesota in St Louis Park in the centre of the state but the abuse came to light after a language camp in June in the north of the state.
"Eight victims have been identified so far, six on American territory and two on French territory, which occured before (Massy's) stay in the United States," Rouiller said.
The victims in the United States belonged to two American families, one a mixed French-American family and an expatriated French family that even housed Massy, he said.
Massy returned to France on June 30 on the advice of an American lawyer to escape likely heavy punishment and because France does not extradite its citizens, according to local newspaper Le Courrier de l'Ouest.
The four families of his victims in the United States have filed complaints in France.
According to Angibaud, Massy straight away admitted to cases of molestation in Angers prior to his stay in the United States.
The two victims in France, who never revealed the abuse, did not wish to file complaints, Rouiller said.
© 2010 AFP