‘Voyeuristic sexual deviant’, 68, who drugged his wife and let dozens of strangers rape her while he filmed the attacks over ten years is jailed in France
A 68-year-old ‘voyeuristic sexual deviant’ has been jailed in France for drugging his wife so that strangers could rape her over the course of 10 years.
Police say the man slipped tranquilizers into his wife’s food and waited for her to pass out, before bringing in strangers he had contacted online to abuse her while he filmed it and sometimes joined in.
All the attacks took place in the couple’s marital home in the town of Mazan, south of France, between 2010 and 2020, police say. A total of 49 suspects have been identified so far, with 33 jailed and nine currently under arrest.
A 61-year-old woman was drugged and raped in her own home over the course of 10 years by her own husband, 68, who invited strangers off the internet to come and abuse her (file)
Cops say the woman – now 61 – had no idea what was happening until they showed her tapes of herself being abused, which her husband kept on his computer.
The husband is now facing up to 20 years behind bars. The wife, who has children though it is not clear if they are from this relationship, has filed for divorce.
The case only came to light because the man had been arrested in September last year for taking up-skirt photos of women in a supermarket in a nearby town.
Officers had taken him in for questioning, during which he was examined by a psychologist because it ‘didn’t appear to be his first offence’, France3 reports.
The examiner deemed the man to be a ‘voyeuristic sexual deviant’, after which police ordered a search of his house.
During the search, officers seized a computer, three memory cards, two mobile phones and a camcorder which is where they discovered the tapes.
The man was re-arrested in November the same year and charged with aggravated rape, sexual assault and administration of harmful substances.
Police then set about identifying other suspects using evidence on the tapes, as well as posts the husband had made on ‘libertine’ dating websites inviting people to come and take advantage of his ‘unconscious’ wife.
An investigator who spoke to Le Parisien said the male suspects – who range in age from 24 to 71 – are largely unremarkable, with no history of sex crimes.
Abuse took place in the town of Mazan, south of France, and was only uncovered after the man was caught up-skirting women in a local supermarket – prompting officers to search his home
‘They could be our neighbours,’ the officer said, adding that a firefighter captain, a prison supervisor, and a journalist were among those police have tracked down.
Louis-Alain Lemaire, a lawyer for some of the suspects, claimed to Le Fiagro that some believed the wife was ‘simulating’ being unconscious as part of a sex game and that the couple were swingers.
One suspect refused to go through with the act after realising the woman wasn’t faking, he added. None of them realised they were being filmed.
Detectives argue the suspects must have known the woman was drugged, because the husband claims to have briefed them before each episode of abuse.
The briefing included instructions of what to do and say if the woman suddenly woke up, they allege.
“He (the husband) would put her on the bed naked and warm up the room so she wouldn’t wake up,’ police chief Jeremie Bosse Platiere said.
‘The individuals would then tiptoe in and whisper, and if the victim moved at all they would leave.’
Police say the couple had moved to the area from the Ile de France region around Paris in 2010, and the abuse had begun soon after.
No details have yet been released on what the couple’s life was like before they came to Mazan.
Caty Richard, the victim’s lawyer, said the impact on her life has been ‘cataclysmic’.
‘The world stopped spinning for her when she was presented with pictures where she did not recognize herself.
‘Where she did not recognize the men who were with her in these photos, where it was very clear that she was unconscious, not asleep.
‘Today, she tries to rebuild herself, she survives thanks to her children, her family, but it is still difficult to imagine and conceive for her.’