Bernard Preynat Bio – Bernard Preynat Wiki
According to Bio Bernard Preynat is a French priest, who has been jailed for five years for sexually abusing dozens of children in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. He admitted abusing boy scouts while a scout leader in Lyon.
A defrocked French Catholic priest was given a five-year jail term Monday for sexually abusing boy scouts decades ago when they were in his care, his lawyer said.
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He is now at the age of 74-years-old.
Church sexual abuse
Preynat admitted child sexual abuse in the case which led Lyon archbishop to resign. He acknowledged sexually abusing at least 75 boys over decades was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison, in France’s worst case of clergy abuse to reach trial.
The accusers were aged seven to 14 when the crimes were committed between 1971 and 1991, while Preynat was a scout leader in Lyon.
The court in Lyon issued the verdict against Preynat behind closed doors because of the spreading coronavirus that has shuttered most activity in France.
Preynat’s case forced the first serious reckoning with sex abuse within the Catholic Church in France. Preynat testified that multiple cardinals and other senior church officials were aware of his misconduct dating back to the 1960s, but he wasn’t removed from the priesthood until last year.
Bernard Preynat Victims
Victims of Preynat’s abuse, primarily boy scouts, welcomed his conviction for sexually abusing minors. Preynat was a scout leader.
“It’s really a relief,” said Pierre Emmanuel Germain-Thill, who testified that Preynat’s abuse upturned his life. “Since he’s someone of a certain age, it seems like a correct verdict to me. The victims want to turn the page.”
Preynat could have faced up to 10 years in prison, and the prosecution had asked for at least eight years. It wasn’t immediately clear whether either side would appeal.
Preynat was present for the verdict but didn’t speak to any victims.
Bernard Preynat Sentenced
Bernard Preynat was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison, in France’s worst case of clergy abuse to reach trial.
During the trial, Preynat said he became interested in young boys when he was 14 or 15, and he discussed it with his bishop of the time but was still later ordained as a priest. Preynat testified that while working as their scout chaplain, he abused up to two boys “almost every weekend” from 1970 to 1990 and as many as four or five a week when he led one-week scout camps. He said that successive Lyon cardinals told him to stop, but didn’t report him to police.