N France paedophilia gang trial ends with parents, priest and neighbours jailed

2nd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

SAINT-OMER, France, July 2 (AFP) - The parents of four children were handed long prison sentences at the end of a major child sex trial early Friday along with several neighbours in a northern French town.

SAINT-OMER, France, July 2 (AFP) - The parents of four children were handed long prison sentences at the end of a major child sex trial early Friday along with several neighbours in a northern French town.

Thierry and Myriam Delay, the parents of four child victims, were sentenced respectively to 20 and 15 years for the rapes of children after a lengthy and often confusing case.

Thierry Delay was found guilty of raping nine children, carrying out sex attacks on six, renting out his four sons and corrupting 12 children.

His wife was sentenced for the rapes of seven children, sex attacks on 10, pimping her four boys and corrupting 11 other children.

Their neighbours in the northern town of Outreau, David Delplanque and Aurelie Grenon, received sentences of six and four years on similar charges while worker-priest Dominique Wiel got seven years.

Others living nearby also received prison or suspended sentences while seven accused were acquitted.

On May 24, Myriam Delay caused uproar when she said the initial allegations that her children had been raped by several of her neighbours were true, after having exonerated her co-accused in a tearful confession the week before.

"My children did not lie. I was there and I saw it all. It is not me who has destroyed the life of those who are accused here. It is they who have destroyed the life of my children," she said.

Delay, her husband and 15 others went on trial in early May for the gang rape over a five-year period of 18 children - aged three to 12 at the time - in a case that shocked the nation.

Some of the defendants, aged 24 to 67, were also charged with committing torture and barbaric acts during the alleged sex sessions that took place in the Delay apartment in a rundown housing block in Outreau.

One of the accused committed suicide in prison before the case came to trial. The others include a priest, a taxi-driver, a baker and a bailiff. Many have lost their jobs and their children have been taken into foster care.

© AFP

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