A doctor is sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing dozens of minors

The French Justice sentenced a French doctor, who is wanted by the police, to 20 years in prison for raping dozens of minors in Vietnam, judicial sources reported on Thursday, November 24.

Olivier Larroque, 60, did not appear on the first day of his trial last Monday, after disappearing from the justice radar months earlier. A Paris court judged him thus in absentia, behind closed doors.

The court sentenced him last Wednesday to 20 years in prison for raping nearly thirty underprivileged teenagers between 2011 and 2013 in Hanoi, where he worked for the French Hospital, according to a judicial source and two lawyers.

“Justice was served, albeit incomplete, because the defendant was not present,” attorney Christopher Mesnooh, who represented seven of the victims, told AFP.

The defense regretted that the process was carried out without the defendant. “Being absent, the maximum sentence was imposed on him,” lawyer Camille Lucotte, for whom everything had been decided in advance, told AFP.

The investigations began at the beginning of 2013 due to an accusation before the French embassy in Vietnam.

A local association pointed out the accusations against Larroque by children between the ages of 13 and 15.

The investigation opened in France led to his arrest in Hanoi in July 2013 and his repatriation.

Before investigators, the victims described the same ‘modus operandi’: the defendant approached them, made them go to a hotel or home, and abused them.