Monday, April 28, 2014

France: Update--Two Parisian Police Officers Charged 4/28/14 with Rape of Canadian Tourist, 34

According to The Daily Mail, Two Paris police officers were charged today (April 28) with the rape of a Canadian tourist, 34, after one of the officers admitted having "consensual sex’" with the victim.

Both officers were among four arrested last week when a 34-year-old Canadian said she was attacked following a rowdy drinking session. 

CCTV shows her entering and leaving 36 Quai des Orfevres, the famous headquarters of the city’s judicial police adjacent to the city’s law courts. 

COMMENT: As I said in an earlier posting, the Canadian tourist seemingly exercised very poor judgment or was extremely naive in consorting with the officers, given the fact that she was severely outnumbered and all were engaging in heavy drinking, all of which is a recipe for disaster.

To make matters worse, it was the victim herself who had expressed an interest in seeing the aforementioned police headquarters.

On the other hand, if the victim had no interest in a sexual encounter, "no" still means "no."

Interestingly, media reports in this case have not revealed whether the victim has undergone a forensic exam to collect physical evidence to confirm that she was raped. If such an exam was not conducted, such an omission is strange for a European country.

Considering that French privacy laws preclude the identification of participants in judicial proceedings, the identities of those involved have not been released.

The victim, who is from Toronto, reportedly met the four police officers on Tuesday night (April 22) at an Irish pub just across the Seine River from 36 Quai des Orfevres. 
The young woman struck up a conversation with the four officers after saying that she was a police officer in Canada.

The apparent victim arrived in France on April 18 and was due to spend two weeks visiting Paris. A source said "she was in a state of hysteria" when she reported the rape on Wednesday morning (April 23). 

The arrested officers include a captain, a lieutenant, a brigadier and a major, were all placed into custody.

At least two of the officers, rank unknown, have now been charged, while the others were released on Saturday (April 26).

Sebastien Schapira, an attorney for one of the men charged, said his client admitted consensual sex, but "firmly denied" rape.

An investigation is being coordinated by the IGPN, a police organization structured to investigate police misconduct.

Media reports have not indicated whether the Canadian Embassy in Paris is aware of the allegation.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.