Retired French headmaster jailed for paedophilia

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

DOUAI, France, Dec 17 (AFP) - A retired headmaster of a primary school in northern France was Friday sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing young pupils over several years up to 2001.

DOUAI, France, Dec 17 (AFP) - A retired headmaster of a primary school in northern France was Friday sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing young pupils over several years up to 2001.

Jacques Lohez, 62, was found guilty of forcing himself on at least a dozen students aged under 10 at the time in the school in Lille.

The court heard how he took young girls to the back of the classroom, put blindfolds on them, then molested them.

Some of the victims accused education inspectors of failing to give sufficient weight to the accusations against Lohez, who was able to brush off the allegations as "lies" despite already being suspected of paedophile behaviour in another school in 1985-1986.

One inspector, Rene Dunoyer, agreed that the education system "should be ashamed" for having not put a stop to the abuse earlier.

Lohez, who admitted to most of the accusation, remained impassive and silent during most of his trial, and offered an apology to his victims seated in court just before the jury left to deliberate.

As well as his lengthy prison term, he was ordered into five years of psychiatric therapy.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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