In a sweeping operation against child sex crimes, French police have detained approximately 80 men spanning across 53 departments. The detainees, whose ages range from 30 to over 60, include a diverse array of professionals such as a local councillor, two schoolteachers, several sports coaches, and a care worker at a center for disabled children. The operation, unparalleled in its breadth, specifically targeted occupations where adults have regular interaction with children.
A Scourge Across All Social Strata
Commissioner Quentin Bevan, who heads the operational unit of the Office for Minors within the judicial police, divulged that child sex crime does not conform to any typical profile and permeates all social strata. Among the suspects, one teacher is believed to have sexually assaulted a pupil and stolen photos and videos from students. A care worker at the disabled center, previously convicted of rape, managed to change his identity and gain access to children once again.
Evidence and Confessions
The operation unearthed over 100,000 photos and videos on the suspects' devices, some of which depict extremely violent acts, including sexual abuse of infants and animals. All suspects have admitted to the allegations while in custody, although some have tried to diminish their actions or deny culpability. During the arrests, some suspects were caught in the act of attempting to destroy evidence.
So far, 51 men have been presented in court, with 13 being incarcerated and 38 under court supervision. The others have been released while the evidence is further scrutinized. The interior ministry has confirmed that investigations are still ongoing.