Ex-French Secretary of State, Georges Tron jailed for rape and sexual assault
Georges Tron, 63, was found guilty by the Paris Appeal Court late on Wednesday
He has been sent to prison for raping and sexually assaulting a colleague
Tron was originally cleared of the charges against him in 2018, along with an aide
Tron’s co-accused, Brigitte Gruel, was convicted of aiding and abetting gang rape and
sexual assault and given a two-year suspended sentence
As soon as the verdict was handed down, he was led away to the court cells before being
taken to La Santé prison in Paris.
Tron and Gruel were said to have offered foot massages to their victim,
and then had sex with her. Both Tron and Gruel were entered into a national register
of sex offenders in France and banned from holding a public office for six years.
Prosecuting documents stated that the rape and sexual assault of one of the plaintiffs in
November 2009 and January 2010 were ‘established by the constant and detailed
statements of the victim.’ Tron was forced to hand his resignation to Mr. Sarkozy
when the rape accusations were first made public in 2011, but he consistently claimed
it was all part of a plot by political enemies.
Commenting on the conviction on Wednesday, Ms. Ettel’s barrister, Vincent Ollivier, ‘
said: ‘It’s a message of relief for my client. It’s also a message of hope for other women
who find themselves in a similar situation.’