Investigation. Former Hérault firefighter indicted for sexual assault


After 24 hours in police custody, the former chief medical officer of the Hérault fire brigade was indicted on Thursday for “sexual assault by a person abusing his authority, sexual harassment and sexist insults”, announced the public prosecutor of Montpellier. Already suspended by his superiors, he was released “under judicial control, with professional prohibition, prohibition to come into contact with the victims, obligation to pay a deposit and obligation of care”, specified Fabrice Bélargent.

“Several victims have filed a complaint against him for gestures or remarks likely to receive these criminal qualifications”, the prosecutor had indicated on Thursday morning, explaining that the defendant would be presented during the day to an investigating judge “with a view to the opening of a judicial inquiry”. This man, whose identity has not been revealed, “either disputes the facts or indicates that the words spoken were taken out of context”, according to Fabrice Bélargent.

At least two victims

The chief medical officer was suspended “as a precaution” from his duties within the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (Sdis), “the time of the legal proceedings”, said Wednesday in a press release this body of firefighters, which has nearly 5,000 professional and voluntary staff, including 150 doctors and 250 nurses. The victims, at least two, would be people from his professional entourage.

“The departmental authorities, if the facts are proven, will be of the greatest firmness, even if at this stage the Sdis 34 remains attached to the principle of the presumption of innocence”, specified this press release.


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