Three days to complete almost three years of investigations. On Monday morning, Bruno Martini was arrested and taken into custody at the premises of the Juvenile Protection Brigade (BPM) in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, France Info reported on Wednesday. These police officers have been targeting him since June 2020 and have opened investigations against him by the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Launch? Complaint of a Parisian teenager against the president of the National Handball League (NHL) elected at the end of 2021. The boy, who was about 13 years old at the time, had exchanged on the social network Snapchat with a man a few days earlier, whose identity was hidden under the pseudonym “Daddy45ans”. Behind this account is Bruno Martini, who is now 52 years old.
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A digital correspondence begins between a teenager and someone who is then still the PSG handball manager. “PSG assures that absolutely no one at the club knew about the actions of Bruno Martini, and reminds, if necessary, that his departure is not related to this matter,” the capital club assures us today that the ex-player left at the end of 2020.
Former Barjot goalkeeper, 1995 and 2001 world champion, and his young companion send nude photos to each other. And Bruno Martini invites him to come to his apartment in the 16th arrondissement. The teenager agrees and leaves. But on the way, his mother bombards him with messages on his phone. What ultimately made him change his mind hit rock bottom with Bruno Martini. The latter then pays for the return trip to the WTC east of the capital.
There are no other known victims at this time.
Facts mentioned by investigators during the 48 hours of police detention on Monday and Tuesday. Confronted by police raiding his Montpellier and Paris apartments, the ex-handball player claims he doesn’t know the teen’s exact age, unable to completely deny the possibility that he was a minor. And if Bruno Martini exchanged with other young people on Snapchat, the investigators did not identify any other potential victim during their investigations. “It was an agreed exchange, without any restrictions and without consideration,” emphasizes his lawyer Me Eli Dottelonde. Mr. Martini acknowledges the facts, regrets them and takes responsibility. »
The former player agrees, with the consent of the judiciary, to appear for a preliminary plea of guilt (CRPC), a procedure often referred to as a “plea” that is designed to relieve the burden of courts and avoid criminal proceedings. His detention was lifted on Tuesday evening and he appeared before a prosecutor on Wednesday morning. The latter offers him a year of suspended imprisonment, a fine of 2,500 euros and a five-year ban on classes with minors, to which he agrees. Early in the morning, the judge confirms the verdict and affirms his guilty verdict.
“The CPC procedure adopted by the prosecution shows that this is not a monster,” continues his advice. In this case, Bruno Martini was threatened with up to five years in prison. He left the court free in the afternoon.