France: Ex-champ swimmer admits 'shame' at child rape trial

Combined Shape

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A court in southwest France has heard how a French former swimming champion who went on to manage one of France’s most successful ice hockey teams wormed his way into the trust of admiring families to sexually abuse their children.

Vincent Leroyer spoke Tuesday of his “very sincere and very deep shame for the acts I imposed” on the victims, aged six to 14 at the time.

Leroyer, who was on the second day of his trial in the southwest city of Bordeaux, acknowledges nearly all of the accusations leveled against him by five men in their thirties or forties who have struggled with addiction and other difficulties since they suffered a catalogue of sexual abuse at his hands as children and adolescents.

Leroyer faces up to 20 years imprisonment.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →






We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Combined Shape
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




Conversation