He is described as a magistrate of the bench, humanist, passed by several large jurisdictions of the Paris region. He is said to be very concerned about human rights – especially foreigners – and little fond of systematic pre-trial detention. But today, this vice-president of the tribunal de grande instance of Paris, assigned to the second chamber, is in the crosshairs of his peers for infamous suspicions and the antipodes of his professional values.
According to corroborating sources, this 58-year-old magistrate was indicted on Wednesday January 6 by an examining magistrate from Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) for “procuring” and placed under judicial control. He had previously been placed in police custody on Monday by the police from the Central Office for the Suppression of Trafficking in Human Beings (OCRTEH) as part of an investigation opened by the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office last May. “It was a summons for free hearing. My client decided to remain silent, so he was immediately taken into police custody. Then referred ”, specifies the judge’s lawyer, Me Pierre Combles de Nayves.
The magistrate is accused of having benefited from the income of a young prostitute, who will be 23 years old next March, with whom he was in a relationship. They lived together in the magistrate’s Paris apartment, shared their mutual gains and gave each other gifts. However, the Penal Code defines procuring as the act of “helping, assisting or protecting the prostitution of others or of profiting from the prostitution of others and of sharing the proceeds”. An offense punishable by seven years in prison and a fine of € 150,000.
The judge has not been suspended yet
It is the young woman, whose relationship with the magistrate has been over for a year, who came to the police to denounce the behavior of her ex-companion. She had filed a complaint on January 13, 2020 with the Pimping Repression Brigade in Paris. Then the procedure had been “disoriented” in Nanterre to avoid any risk of collision with investigators and magistrates in charge of the case.
“My client fell in love with this woman in 2017,” says Me Combles de Nayves. She came to live with him, they had a child together. He did everything to make her stop prostituting herself. The judge thus allegedly sold real estate to finance the purchase of a house for his partner in his country of origin, Gabon. “He paid her more than two hundred thousand euros during their time together. “
But a year later, the judge would have discovered that his partner was once again trading in her charms. The relationship is seriously strained to the point that he decides to break up and asks him to leave his apartment at the end of 2019. From then on, the one he was in love with threatened to denounce him for pimping. “We delivered a bailiff’s report with messages of threat and blackmail to the investigating judge yesterday (Editor’s note: Wednesday) », Specifies Me Combles de Nayves.
Five days after filing her complaint, January 18, 2020, the young woman entered uninvited at her ex. The meeting turned sour to the point that he in turn lodged a complaint for home invasion and violence. For these facts, she was summoned before the criminal court.
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For the time being, the judge, who deals with questions of inheritance and real estate transactions in Paris after years as a judge of enforcement of sentences in Bobigny, has not been suspended. The direction of the judicial services was seized to determine if it is necessary to pronounce disciplinary sanctions.
Moral cases involving magistrates are extremely rare. Nevertheless, a high magistrate of Dijon (Côte-d’Or), former judge of children, had been indicted in Besançon last June for “instigation to commit rape on a minor, not followed up”. He had offered sex with his 12-year-old daughter on libertine sites. What earned him to be denounced by the person in charge of the forum. “Simple fantasies”, he declared during his police custody at the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against Persons (OCRVP). The former Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, then seized the Superior Council of the Magistracy to request the suspension of this experienced 55-year-old magistrate.