In Marseilles, the justice experienced the presence of a dog during a trial

The teen didn’t want to go to the hearing. Not to be in the presence of his old theater teacher. Not having to tell in public this particular end of class on June 12, 2018, when this 70-year-old man made him sit on his lap listening to music on the computer, before kissing him in the corner of the lips, caress her thighs and slide her hand over her chest. “Ah they grow! », he had told Maria (the first name was changed at the request of her father), then 12 years old.

Investigating judges are beginning to bring therapeutic dogs into their practice

In front of the said room “From the family” of the Marseille Correctional Court, which notably sexually assaulted, Maria was right there on Wednesday, June 29th. Accompanied by Rancho, the assistance dog of the court of Nîmes. It was with the head of this 2-year-old Labrador on her lap that the 16-year-old girl answered questions from the president, Céline Ballérini. The investigating judges, led to collect the testimony of the victims, or even to confront them with their perpetrator, beginnt to bring the therapeutic dogs into their office, but this is one of the very first once this animal assistance is done in public hearing.

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The presence of the dog “will give him confidence”

Just before the trial, Jérôme Lapp, Chief Warrant Officer of the Gard Fire Brigade, had confided Ranch to Maria, for a short walk around the courthouse. “It will help him, it will give him confidence”, then bet her father, pointing out that her daughter has been using equine therapy for a few years. At the hearing, in moments of tension, when this hand had to be talked about inside her tank top, for example, the girl looks for the dog sleeping at her feet, scratches her head. Rancho throws himself at the teenager to lick her face and play with her when, at the bar, the theater teacher is recognizing “An error of discernment”reporting the proposals of his psychologist, according to which “It’s a mistake, it would be a mistake if I started again”.

“When the negative emotions are gone, Rancho came to see me,” says Jérôme Lapp

„Rancho must have felt the moments when the little one was in distress. It’s an emotional sponge “analyzes Jérôme Lapp, awaiting trial. “He really helped me. When he climbed on me, it occupied my mind. ”testifies the teenager, who has become radiant again. “It’s his way of working.”assures M. Lapp. And when the negative emotions are gone, he came to see me, he couldn’t take it anymore. » Rancho was even heard snoring during the indictment.

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