15 years’ jail for retired French surgeon, 70, guilty of sexually assaulting 5 children. He is suspected of sexual assault of some 300…

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  • Joel Le Scouarnec, 70, was found guilty in a case involving four underage victims
  • Prosecutors say there is evidence that he abused as many as 312 over 28 years 
  • Investigators had found diaries in which he detailed sex scenes with children 

By TIM STICKINGS FOR MAILONLINE and WIRES

PUBLISHED: 22:50 GMT, 3 December 2020 | UPDATED: 08:32 GMT, 4 December 2020

A French surgeon accused of sexually abusing more than 300 young children, mainly his hospital patients, has been jailed for 15 years in the country’s biggest ever paedophile case. 

Joel Le Scouarnec, 70, was found guilty of rape and sexual abuse in a trial involving four underage victims, but prosecutors say there is evidence that he abused up to 312 victims between 1986 and 2014. 

During the investigation, prosecutors found diaries belonging to the surgeon in which he detailed sex scenes with children, although Le Scouarnec claimed they included an element of fantasy.

After admitting rape at the trial in Saintes this week, the once-respected doctor and father-of-three was sentenced to prison and may now face a second trial.   

The four victims whose ordeals led to Le Scouarnec’s trial included a four-year-old child who was a patient at the establishment where he worked.  

Judge Isabelle Fachaux said that despite a 2005 conviction for viewing child pornography, Le Scouarnec had continued to offend, making a lengthy jail term necessary.

‘We are really satisfied… it’s a fair sentence,’ said Francesca Satta, the lawyer for one of the victims, who had reported Le Scouarnec in 2017.

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