Orleans, France, Nov 23, 2018 / 10:30 am
A French court has sentenced a priest to two years in prison, with a third year suspended, for the sexual abuse of minors. At the same time, the court also handed down a suspended sentence against his former bishop for failing to report an allegation against the priest to civil authorities.
Pierre de Castelet, a retired priest of the diocese of Orléans, was convicted Nov. 22 of sexually abusing several boys under the age of 15 at a summer camp in 1993. One of his victims, Olivier Savignac, came forward to complain to the diocese in 2010, writing a letter to the then-bishop, André Fort. Bishop Fort assured Savignac that de Castelet would be kept from contact with minors but did not forward the complaint to civil authorities.
The court found Fort guilty of failing to report the allegation, handing down a suspended sentence of eight months. Fort retired as bishop of Orléans in 2010. The following year, Savignac repeated the allegation to his successor, Bishop Jacques Blaquart, who informed local police.
As part of the sentence, de Castelet is barred from working as a priest or having contact with minors. He is also required to register on a national list of sex offenders and receive psychiatric treatment.