Monday, January 17

Dear: a former school principal sentenced for violence against students

Father Régis Spinoza, accused of inflicting violence and humiliation on about fifty students of the private school outside the contract that he led in the Cher, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday by the court correctional of Bourges.

The court also sentenced the former director of the institution Angélus, located in Presly (Cher) but now closed, to a ten-year ban on exercising an activity related to minors.

The court ultimately did not follow the requisitions of the prosecution, which had called for three years in prison, two of which were suspended.

The 50-year-old clergyman was finally released from part of the violence, the court not accepting the usual nature of it. Slaps, kicks or other pinches were not inflicted on particular students.

The justice also did not judge that the accommodation conditions within the establishment, qualified as “harsh” by the instruction, constituted violence in the eyes of the law. Chores and punishments, on the other hand, were retained as being able to be qualified as such.

About fifty victims

The abbot, holding a Catholicism which he himself described as “traditional”, was also ordered to pay 20,000 euros in damages and reimbursement of legal fees to three families who had formed themselves. civil parties.

In total, according to investigators, around fifty children and adolescents suffered violence between March 2014 and the closing of the Angelus in June 2017.

According to the multitude of testimonies from minors, but also from teachers and volunteers, bullying, humiliation, beatings and chores were numerous within the establishment, which welcomed students from primary to high school, some of them in boarding school.

Two supervisors, also judged for less violence, were more lightly condemned: 6 months of reprieve for one, a dispensation of sentence for the other.

In another part of the case, Father Spinoza was found guilty of having recourse to hidden work within the establishment, in particular for certain teachers.

He was ordered to pay some 100,000 euros in damages to Urssaf, corresponding to social contributions evaded during the prevention period. The former director did not appear for the judgment statement.

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