New charge of sexual assault on a minor against Jean-Marie Bergeron

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New charge of sexual assault on a minor against Jean-Marie Bergeron

Jean-Marie Bergeron during his trial in August 2020 at the Val-d'Or courthouse (File photo)

Convicted of five sexual assaults in 2020, Valdorien Jean-Marie Bergeron is once again facing justice.

The 70-year-old man, who defines himself as a ramancheur, is accused of touching and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl between December 2019 and June 2020.

The facts allegedly occurred between the first arrest of Jean-Marie Bergeron, in July 2019, and his trial, held in August 2020. He is also facing two charges of having violated his conditions of release at the time, which prohibited him from being in the presence of one of his clients.

Jean-Marie Bergeron had been sentenced to two years less a day in prison following his first trial during which five victims, including a minor, had recounted having been touched on the breasts and to the genitals during massage therapy treatments between 2014 and 2019.

Judge Jean Beaulieu had concluded that the accused had never concerned himself with obtaining the consent of his clients before to carry out manipulations near their private parts. The magistrate also said that he believed that these gestures had clearly damaged the physical integrity of these women and that the intentions of the accused were of a sexual nature.

For his new appearance before a court, Jean-Marie Bergeron is represented by Me Pascal Jolicoeur. During an appearance on January 9, the defense lawyer obtained a postponement until June 21 to study the file and take a position for the future.

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