The Leroy­ers out there

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

IN sports, crime also does not pay. It doesn’t mat­ter whether you were once the toast of the world for your heroic feats. You run afoul with the law, you must pay for it. A rule as old as Mt. Apo.

This be­came ob­vi­ously clear to Vin­cent Leroyer nearly four decades af­ter he com­mit­ted child rape and sex­ual abuse.

As re­ported by As­so­ci­ated Press, Leroyer, a for­mer French swim­ming cham­pion and ex-man­ager of one of France’s most suc­cess­ful hockey clubs, was found guilty re­cently and was sen­tenced to 12 years in jail in a court rul­ing in Bordeaux, France.

It was a light sen­tence if you ask me.

Was Leroyer’s age—he is 61 now—a fac­tor in the notso-stiff penalty for some­one com­mit­ting those ghastly twin crimes?

In sum­ming up the case against Leroyer for the jury, pros­e­cu­tor Mar­tine Caz­a­ban-Pouchet said: “It helped the fam­i­lies to have some­one who said, ‘I’m avail­able.’”

That was Leroyer’s fa­vorite line in be­friend­ing the fam­i­lies of his vic­tims.

To suc­ceed in snar­ing his prey/s, Leroyer ha­bit­u­ally of­fered him­self to look af­ter the chil­dren of fam­i­lies usu­ally em­broiled in do­mes­tic woes.

From 1986 to 1996, Leroyer did the de­spi­ca­ble act of abus­ing five boys be­tween the ages of six and 14 when he man­aged the Rouen Hockey Club.

His vic­tims, now in their 30s and 40s, told the court how they have since strug­gled with ad­dic­tion and a cat­a­log of other dif­fi­cul­ties.

AP re­ported: “The vic­tims hugged each other af­ter the guilty ver­dict and sen­tence was pro­nounced by the court.”

Leroyer’s feats as a back­stroke na­tional cham­pion in the 1970s, be­sides coach­ing the Rouen Hockey Club to five ti­tles, quickly flushed down the drain.

What I par­tic­u­larly like was the quick­ness with which the case was re­solved: Just three days and the un­mar­ried, child­less Leroyer was meted his jail term.

The case ex­posed Leroyer’s lust for prey­ing on kids be­long­ing to fam­i­lies with mar­i­tal dif­fi­cul­ties and with ab­sen­tee fa­thers ei­ther gal­li­vant­ing or working late. He bought the kids burg­ers, brought them to hol­i­days and tucked them in for the night.

There are still many Leroy­ers out there.

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