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CORRECTED: French boat school founder jailed 12 years for sex abuse

The founder of a French alternative school that took students on boat trips on the high seas was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for the rape and sexual abuse of five children. Leonide Kameneff, 76, was on trial with three former staff and crew for the rape and sexual abuse of nine former pupils between 1981 and 1994. Kameneff, a former child psychotherapist, got the harshest sentence requested by prosecutors, who had asked the Paris criminal court for minors to jail him for 10 to 12 years.

French boat school founder jailed 12 years for sex abuse

The founder of a French alternative school that took students on boat trips on the high seas was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for the rape and sexual abuse of six children. Leonide Kameneff, 76, was on trial with three former staff and crew for the rape and sexual abuse of nine former pupils between 1981 and 1994. Kameneff, a former child psychotherapist, got the harshest sentence requested by prosecutors, who had asked the Paris criminal court for minors to jail him for 10 to 12 years.

French boat school admits sex abuse for first time

The founder of a French alternative school on a boat admitted in court Friday that he had sexually abused three of the children in his charge. "I admit everything that has been said," Leonide Kameneff, 76, told his ongoing trial for rape, reacting to testimony from a victim who had described the abuse he had suffered at the hands of the former child psychotherapist between 1992 and 1995. The victim, now 33, testified to having been subjected to masturbation, oral sex and an attempted rape by Kameneff that he described as part of a pattern of systematic abuse.

French boat school admits sex abuse for first time

The founder of a French alternative school on a boat admitted in court Friday that he had sexually abused at least one child in his charge. "I admit everything that has been said," Leonide Kameneff, 76, told his ongoing trial for rape, reacting to testimony from a victim who had described the abuse he had suffered at the hands of the former child psychotherapist between the ages of 12 and 15 from 1992-1995.

French hippie-era boat school founder on trial for rape

The founder of a hippie-era boat school went on trial in France on Tuesday, accused of raping children put in his care by parents seeking to offer them an escape from the constraints of conventional education. In a case that has taken over 18 years to come to trial, former child psychotherapist Leonide Kameneff, 76, and three of his crew/staff are accused of rape and sexual abuse by nine former pupils. Established in 1969, the boat school hosted more than 400 French pupils over three decades on trips around the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic.
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