Jean-Pierre O., a 73 year-old former professor of literature, accused of having raped his adoptive son during several years and of abusing his two grandchildren, has been sentenced 15 years of imprisonment by the Assize court of Savoie.
His wife, Anne-Marie O. was also sentenced of three years in prison with 30 months suspended for not denouncing her husband, or preventing his actions, especially at home.
The investigation had started in 2006, after a school assistant alerted the justice about a five-year old boy molested by his grandfather Jean-Pierre O. The boy's father revealed to the investigators that he was himself raped by the accused, his adoptive father, for years, as well as his brother, also adopted. The man said he had been unable to report the events that he preferred to forget until his father attacks his own son.
During his detention, Jean-Pierre O. has actually admitted to having abused his two grandchildren, aged 5 and 8 years between 2000 and 2003. He also admitted of having raped his two adoptive sons.
His sons, the children of DDASS (direction départementale des Affaires sanitaires et sociales, in France), now close to their 40s, said they had suffered rape and oral sex several times a week, sometimes in the marriage bed, "for over 20 years."
But the accused will only be judged for the rape committed on one of his adoptive son, the facts concerning the latter being barred.
Learning the abuses of his husband on his two grandchildren in 2004, Anne-Marie O., a pious woman, was living in "denial" as the experts explained. She pressed his son so that nothing comes outside the family by speaking of forgiveness and the "good side" of Jean-Pierre O. who is also a devout catholic.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: no