Man held for rape of British girl at nudist colony

4th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

CARPENTRAS, France, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - A 19-year-old French student has been arrested in connection with the rape of a British teenage girl at a nudist colony in southern France, justice officials said Friday.

CARPENTRAS, France, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - A 19-year-old French student has been arrested in connection with the rape of a British teenage girl at a nudist colony in southern France, justice officials said Friday.

The local man, who has not been named, is alleged to have raped the girl on Monday night in a caravan in the Belezy nudist camp near Carpentras in Provence.

He has been placed under judicial investigation for rape of a minor aged less than 15, a charge which bears a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail, and remanded in custody.

The man's lawyer Michel Roubaud contested the police version of events, saying that the sex was consensual and took place under the influence of alcohol.

A German national who works at the colony and lent the caravan has been placed under investigation for non-assistance to a person in danger, justice officials said.

Holiday-makers at the 30-year-old nudist camp, one of the best-known in Europe, were deeply shocked, and a team of psychologists was in place.

"I am myself the father of two nudist children. I could never imagine something like this happening here," said the site's manager Pascal Leclere.

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