Quart de Poblet choir master admits to child sex abuse
A FORMER choir chairman has admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy on at least two occasions, and is facing two years in jail.
The accused, identified only by his initials of R.C., had accompanied the group of 47 singers – aged between 12 and 17 – from Quart de Poblet's Virelai choir on a trip to Austria.
He slept in the same room as five of the boys on the Vienna trip in August 2016 and, when one of the youngest members awoke from a nightmare, got into bed with R.C. for comfort.
The child, G.V.R., said the choir master, 55, began groping him and ordering him to do the same.
Next, on the following night in the town of Wells, the choir chair shared a bed with G.V.R. and another boy.
G.V.R. woke up to find R.C. groping him, and screamed at him to stop.
Another six victims came forward after G.V.R.'s reporting the matter, although all except two of them are now timebarred and the boys are adults.
Although facing 10 years in jail, G.V.R.'s family has agreed with the prosecution for R.C. to be given a two-year sentence for a single offence – meaning he will not have to serve it – two years of being tagged electronically and to pay the victim €5,000.
A ban on working with children for six months was awarded, but the court says this is a mere formality since compulsory background checks on anyone in contact with minors would instantly reveal R.C.'s conviction, and he would be disqualified by default.