Up to 20 years in prison… What do Jegou and Auradou risk, accused of “aggravated sexual abuse” in Argentina?

Up to 20 years in prison… What do Jegou and Auradou risk, accused of “aggravated sexual abuse” in Argentina?
Up to 20 years in prison… What do Jegou and Auradou risk, accused of “aggravated sexual abuse” in Argentina?

Their future will be decided in court. Accused of sexual abuse by a young woman for acts dating back to the night of Saturday to Sunday, on the sidelines of the French XV’s summer tour in Argentina, French internationals Oscar Jegou (21 years old) and Hugo Auradou (20 years old) were arrested in Buenos Aires on Monday.

They will soon be transferred to Mendoza, the city where the complaint was received and where the acts were allegedly committed, for police custody.

According to the Argentine media outlet MDZ, which revealed the case, there is “a lot of genetic evidence.” “It’s a wild situation, like animals, with a lot of violence,” an anonymous source revealed to the outlet. According to Daniela Chaler, the chief prosecutor for crimes against physical integrity, quoted by L’Équipe, a forensic doctor found injuries after examining the complainant. “These are the elements on the basis of which it was decided to open an investigation for the crime of aggravated sexual abuse and to order detention,” the prosecutor explained.

According to Article 119 of the Argentine Penal Code, the lowest penalty for sexual abuse is six months to four years in prison. But this increases to four to 10 years if the abuse “constitutes a sexual submission that is seriously outrageous to the victim,” “due to its duration or the circumstances in which it was carried out.” According to the prosecutor’s initial indications, this appears to be the case.

An aggravating criterion if the acts are committed “by two or more persons”

Six aggravating circumstances are also listed in the Penal Code. These include “serious harm to the physical or mental health of the victim” or “if the acts are committed by two or more people”. While the first criterion will be determined or not based on the investigation, the second could be retained. The penalty incurred then increases significantly, from 8 to 20 years of imprisonment or reclusion.

If the “sexual submission seriously outrageous for the victim” cited above is not retained but the aggravating nature of the “serious harm to physical or mental health” or the “acts committed by two or more people” are, the two French people would risk three to 10 years of imprisonment.

“If the investigation establishes the facts, it is an unspeakable atrocity,” reacted Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sports.

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