French prison in the dock over rape of boy, 4, by stepfather in visiting room
STRASBOURG, France (AFP) - A French mother who allegedly held down her four-year-old son while he was raped by his stepfather in a prison visiting room went on trial in Strasbourg on Monday.
In a case which could lead to the prison itself also facing legal action, Sabrina Bonner, 25, and the stepfather, her partner Lionel Barthelemy, 31, are charged with multiple sexual assaults on the boy, who is now eight and in the care of social services.
Barthelemy admits raping the child in the visiting room at the Toul detention centre in eastern France in February 2010, but claims it was an isolated act initiated by Bonner.
She claims the prison incident and other rapes which she filmed were carried out under orders and the threat of violence from her partner, who allegedly listened to one assault from his prison cell on his mobile phone.