JUSTICE – The director of Saint-Jean-de-Passy, a renowned private school in Paris, was indicted Thursday for suspicion of sexual assault on a student, we learned from sources on Friday February 12 concordant.
Daniel Chapellier, 71, disputes these accusations and announced his intention to “withdraw to defend himself” and to “file a complaint for slanderous denunciation”, indicated the management of the school group, in a letter sent Thursday to the parents of students and teachers, and of which AFP has had a copy.
The board of directors of the establishment of the XVIth arrondissement, which has 3000 students, indicates that it “learned with amazement” this indictment, announced by the Figaro and point and confirmed to AFP from a judicial source.
The complainant, a 14-year-old college student, was allegedly summoned by Mr. Chapellier to his office in early February for disciplinary problems, reports the Figaro. “The conversation would have deviated on questions of sexuality” and the director is accused of having “had inappropriate gestures towards the student” and of having asked him to “perform oral sex”, continues the daily.
Placed in custody Tuesday at the brigade for the protection of minors (BPM) as part of an investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office following the complaint, Daniel Chapellier was presented Thursday to an investigating judge.
Indicted for “sexual assault on a minor under 15”, he was released under judicial supervision, said the judicial source.
The board of directors of Saint-Jean-de-Passy adds in its letter to have “taken note of the decision of Mr. Chapellier” and “immediately appointed” Nathalie Doucet Ferrant, until then deputy director, to replace him by interim.
“Aware of the trauma this news represents for each of us”, he emphasizes remaining, with the management team, “listening” to parents and teachers “in the days and weeks to come”.
The diocese of Paris, the institution’s supervisory authority, for its part indicated “let justice do its work”. “We have no comment to make”, except to wish “that the whole truth be made” in this affair, declared to AFP the director of communication of the diocese, Karine Dalle.
Daniel Chapellier, a figure in Catholic private education, retired in 2015 after having headed for 13 years another renowned establishment in the capital, the Lycée Stanislas. He was recalled in the summer of 2020 to ensure the transition at the head of Saint-Jean-de-Passy, whose director had just been dismissed after a violent governance crisis.
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