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In Brittany and elsewhere, the magician would have abused 26 children – Rennes

“People believe that the greatest risk to their child is that they are kidnapped by a madman. It can happen but it is very rare. The greatest danger is their close entourage! »From the top of her 30 years, Sophie does not mince words. Four years ago, her 6-year-old daughter was raped, on several occasions, by the one she thought was her “best friend”: Sébastien Charrette. A 31-year-old from Rennes who had developed an activity of magician, sculptor of balloons.

Sophie’s life is turned upside down on December 18, 2017. That day, Sébastien calls her and reveals to her that he has abused his daughter ten times. A phone call passed fifteen minutes before entering the Rennes police station where the minors’ service summoned him. In January 2014, a mother accused Sébastien of touching her 3.5-year-old daughter. Summoned for this case in December 2017, the balloon sculptor admitted the facts on the spot and gave, of himself, two other names of victims. Judicial information was opened on December 20, 2020 for three victims and the magician remanded in custody at Vezin-le-Coquet remand center.

Summer camp and daycare center coordinator

During the three and a half years of investigation, the judge continued his investigations and the prosecutor added additional indictments. In the end, the list of victims has 26 names, from 2002 to 2017. The vast majority are little girls between the ages of 5 and 7. Eight victims lived in the Rennes region at the time of the events, but also in Brest, Plouzané (29) and Plélo (22). There are also victims in Granville (Manche), Honfleur (Calvados), or Boismé and Niort (Deux-Sèvres), Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), as well as in Switzerland. Countless facts that Sébastien has all recognized. During his hearings, according to the order of indictment obtained by Le Télégramme, he demonstrated “an acute awareness of his difficulties” and expressed “a desire for resilience and care. “

Within families, “Seb” is the friend of mothers and children. A “smiling”, “pleasant”, “kind”, “literate” and “very tactile” friend that we take on vacation to Portugal or the United States with the family, that we invite on Sundays. The one that the children ask for in their room at night. Several families even let him share their child’s bed. To be able to abuse children, its technique is simple. He gives them his cell phone to keep them busy.

Most of the victims are in his family and friendly circle: his sister and cousin, on the front line. But some facts also took place in his professional environment, especially when he was a summer camp leader in Switzerland.

In 2009, this “traveler”, originally from Plélo (22), who lived for several years in England, had also been a facilitator in a day center in Plouagat (22). It was there that he met a 7-year-old girl. He then went to his parents’ home in order to “keep the link with the child”.

Already sentenced in 2011

The girl then complained of sexual assault. On May 24, 2011, the Saint-Brieuc criminal court had sentenced him to 10 months suspended prison sentence and three years probation.

A first conviction which today places Sébastien Charrette in legal recidivism for acts of sexual assault on a minor. He therefore faces 20 years in prison. Probably behind closed doors, the trial will take place in the first half of 2022 before the Assize Court of Ille-et-Vilaine.

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