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Gard: rape of a 12-year-old girl in Bessèges, the Advocate General requested 15 years in prison

Since Monday, June 20, Matthias Rochette has appeared before the Assize Court of Gard. He is accused of having raped a 12-year-old child who lived in Bessèges. The trial is being held behind closed doors. Verdict on Tuesday.

White T-shirt, long hair worn in a ponytail, glasses, Matthias Rochette, 55, has been appearing since Monday June 20 before the Gard Assize Court. He is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in Bessèges. The forty-year-old was a postman. He had a sexual relationship with this kid.

Facebook conversations and cooperation with the USA

In December 2019, the United States police service via the National center for missing and exploited children (NCMEC) reported to the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against persons of the judicial police disturbing messages captured on Facebook. Matthias Rochette likely to have had sex with a 12-year-old child was identified. The investigation had been entrusted to the gendarmes of the Alès research brigade.

At the request of the civil party, this trial takes place behind closed doors. The presence of Rancho, the legal assistance dog who was to support the young girl, was not retained. The verdict is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. The accused is defended by Mes Elsa Longeron and Rémy Nougier. The civil parties – the child and his parents – are represented by Mes Coralie Gay and Joris Numa.

This Monday evening, the Advocate General, Bertrand Baboulenne requested a 15-year prison sentence. The verdict is expected on Tuesday.

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