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Former coach of tennis player Fiona Ferro indicted for « rape » and « sexual assault »

Pierre Bouteyre, former coach of tennis player Fiona Ferro, was indicted on August 18 for « rape » and « sexual assault » after a complaint filed by the young woman in February, we learned on Wednesday 31 August, from a judicial source.

Fiona Ferro, 259e world player, had filed a complaint on February 25 at the police station in Fréjus (Var) for alleged acts of rape and sexual assault committed from 2012 to 2015, when she was aged 15 to 18, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) his lawyer, Me Isabelle Colombani.

On August 18, Mr. Bouteyre, 50, was indicted for « rape committed on a minor by a person having authority over the victim » and « sexual assault on a minor over the age of 15 by a person having authority over the victim ». “, Detailed with AFP Patrice Camberou, public prosecutor of Draguignan, confirming information from the daily Nice morning.

“A love story according to him”

The coach and former player was placed under judicial control with a ban on contact with Fiona Ferro and on training minors, with the obligation to submit to psychological care, the prosecutor said.

Mr. Bouteyre, who was also the coach of Niçoise Alizé Cornet, « recognizes the materiality of the relationship but denies any constraint, it was a love story according to him »said his lawyer, Mr.e Virginie Pin, joined by AFP.

Fiona Ferro, 25, a professional player since 2012, had reached 39e world place in March 2021. The Frenchwoman was eliminated on August 24 in qualifying for the US Open.

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Mr. Bouteyre « was Fiona Ferro’s personal trainer »explained the lawyer of the player. “He accompanied him during tournaments which often took place abroad”added M.e Colombani, who was also the lawyer for two victims of another tennis coach, Régis de Camaret, sentenced in 2014 on appeal to ten years in prison for rape of minors by the Var Assize Court.

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