French mom who assisted in son’s rape gets 20 years

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STRASBOURG, France: A French mother who held down her four-year-old son while he was raped by his stepfather in a prison visiting room was sentenced on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to a maximum 20 years in jail.

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Her partner, 31-year-old Lionel Barthelemy, who has been jailed since August 2009 for violence, also received the same sentence from the court in Strasbourg, eastern France.

Both Sabrina Bonner, 25, and Barthelemy have admitted to multiple counts of rape and sexual assault of the boy, now eight.

Some of the assaults, including the rape in the visiting room at the Toul detention center in eastern France, had been filmed on a mobile phone.

“The behavior of Sabrina B. is not even that of an animal towards its child,” said prosecutor Gilles Delorme, who also described Barthelemy as “a sadist in the purest form.”

AFP

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