A court sketch shows Joël Le Scouarnec, (centre) sitting in the courtroom in Saintes, France. Photo: 13 March 2020Picture copyright
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If discovered responsible, Joël Le Scouarnec (centre) faces as much as 20 years in jail

A retired French surgeon has gone on trial accused of raping and sexually assaulting youngsters.

Joël Le Scouarnec, 69, is charged with abusing his two nieces, a neighbour’s daughter and a affected person. However prosecutors suspect he might have abused as many as 349 youngsters between 1989 and 2017.

He has admitted assault however denied the rape expenses.

The trial within the south-western city of Saintes is the beginning of what could possibly be France’s greatest paedophilia scandal.

If discovered responsible, Mr Le Scouarnec faces as much as 20 years in jail.

The trial is being held behind closed doorways, following a plaintiff’s request.

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Mr Le Scouarnec was arrested in 2017 after his neighbour’s daughter had advised her household in regards to the alleged assault.

Investigators stated they later searched his home, discovering photographs of kid abuse and a pocket book detailing his sexual assaults.

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