INFO THE DISPATCH. Toulouse: six complaints of rape and sexual assault against a lawyer

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A Toulouse lawyer, specializing in civil law, is suspected of rape and sexual assault. At least six complaints were received by the prosecution. Judicial information was opened in Montauban at the beginning of the year.

“At the end of the meal, we return to the office. And while his wife calls the elevator, the lawyer comes towards my colleague and me. He lifts my dress and slips his hand inside it. of my comrade. We were paralyzed, “says a former trainee. She shared her story on the Instagram account of “Balance your law firm”. A page created to free the voice of women victims of sexual assault.

A few days later, a first complaint against this Toulouse lawyer arrives in the hands of the police. Five more follow. “A total of six young women, who collaborated with the suspect as an intern or assistant, filed a complaint. And two of them are civil parties”, specifies Samuel Vuelta-Simon, the public prosecutor of Toulouse.

This 52-year-old lawyer is suspected of rape and sexual assault. He was placed in police custody at the end of December in the premises of the departmental directorate of the judicial police (DTPJ). Nearly 30 hours of interrogation during which the suspect denied everything, assisted by Mes Alexandre Martin and Pierre Alfort. According to the complainants, the facts mostly took place between 2018 and 2021 in the Pink City.

He would have filled their USB keys with pornographic films

“I did a five-month internship with him, as a legal assistant. One day, I arrive at the office with a beautiful blouse, he makes me think but I don’t pick up”, continues the same victim on the social network. Moments later, she claims that this civil law attorney slipped his hand under her blouse and touched her chest. “He also took a USB key from our desk, told us that he would put work on it. But when we got the key, we were surprised to see pornographic videos on it,” she says shocked. This assistant would have ended up resigning after four months.

One of his ex-conquests accuses him of rape

In addition to sexual assault, one of his former collaborators accuses him of rape. “But this young woman, with whom he would have regularly had sexual relations, is not able to place the date of these attacks over a period of six months. Let’s be serious”, proclaims Me Pierre Alfort. “I am surprised to learn from the press that there are six complaints. We will not hesitate to defend ourselves in the event of false declarations or defamation”, promises his other adviser Me Alexandre Martin.

Following these denunciations, and complaints, the investigations were relocated to the Montauban prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor opened a judicial investigation at the beginning of the year. At this stage, the suspect, who was sworn in in 1991, has not been summoned by the investigating judge, nor indicted.

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