French pedophile sentenced to 8 years for child rape in Bali

Emannuel Alain Pascal Maillet is a 53-year-old French national. Photo: Istimewa
Emannuel Alain Pascal Maillet is a 53-year-old French national. Photo: Istimewa

French national Emmanuel Alain Pascal Maillet decided against an appeal this week, after the Denpasar Court sentenced him to eight years in prison for sexual abuse towards a minor in Bali. 

“Our client has accepted his punishment,” Maillet’s lawyer Maya Arshanti said.

The Denpasar Court sentenced Maillet to eight years in prison and a fine of IDR100 million (US$6,828) last Thursday, the verdict of which was followed by both the defendant and prosecutors declaring that they will consider an appeal. 

The final sentence was lower than what prosecutors previously demanded, which was 12 years’ imprisonment. Meanwhile, sexual assault on minors carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence under Indonesian law. As of today, prosecutors have yet to decide whether or not they will file an appeal. 

Maillet’s crime came to light last September, following an assault that took place at the Bali Wake Park in Denpasar and was subsequently discovered by the victim’s father. Prosecutors said Maillet raped the underage victim as many as 10 times since 2017, with most of the crimes taking place when the victim slept over at the predator’s home. 

According to reports, the victim is friends with Maillet’s child, while Maillet himself is also well-acquainted with the victim’s father. The 53-year-old had threatened the victim to keep the abuse a secret and promised him gifts. 

A medical examination also showed bruises in the victim’s anus which resulted from a blunt object, leading to suspicion that the victim had been raped.

“What the defendant did has damaged the child’s future,” presiding judge Heriyanti said when reading the verdict last week.

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