Top French music school chief probed for paedophilia

6th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The head of the Paris national conservatoire, pianist Pascal Dumay, is to appear in court next month accused of downloading paedophilia images on his computer, a legal official said Saturday.

Paris - The head of the Paris national conservatoire, pianist Pascal Dumay, is to appear in court next month accused of downloading paedophilia images on his computer, a legal official said Saturday.

Dumay, 53, was arrested at his Paris home earlier in the week and has been freed pending his court appearance on January 22 on condition that he has no contact with minors, the source said.

Culture minister Frederic Mitterrand has suspended Dumay with pay pending the outcome of his case, the ministry said in a statement.

Police monitoring the Internet had discovered in February that a French resident was downloading images of child abuse from a Belgian website and subsequently identified Dumay, the source added.

The website of the prestigious music and dance school announced Dumay's appointment as its director with effect from September 1 this year.

Listing his achievements, it said he had "led an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and professor prior taking on responsibilities in institutions linked to live performance, recording, and radio.

"His professional path unites these different facets of the musician first and foremost, organiser and administrator."

A former student at the Conservatoire, Dumay subsequently ran a number of music festivals and was in charge of artistic policy for the Erato record label, before becoming music director for French National Radio.

From 1995 to 2001 he was president of the French youth orchestra before being made a senior official responsible for music at the culture ministry.

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