Man (52) receives a ten-year swimming pool and playground ban for groping a 10-year-old girl: “I was a bit careless” (Bruges)

Man (52) receives a ten-year swimming pool and playground ban for groping a 10-year-old girl: “I was a bit careless” (Bruges)
Man (52) receives a ten-year swimming pool and playground ban for groping a 10-year-old girl: “I was a bit careless” (Bruges)

Sixteen years after he was sentenced to years in prison for the rape of his own daughter, Ronny D. (52) groped a 10-year-old girl in the swimming pool in Bredene. The court deemed the facts proven, but did not send D. to jail again. The man was imposed strict conditions, including chemical castration. He is also not allowed to enter a playground or swimming pool for ten years.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, the then 10-year-old victim went swimming with her grandmother in the Ter Polder municipal swimming pool in Bredene. While swimming, the girl was approached by Ronny D. (52), who suggested she help with her swimming technique. He groped the girl on her breasts, buttocks and feces. He then allegedly pulled the victim against him in the shower.

Exactly a week later, D. reappeared in the Bredene swimming pool. He was then filmed by the surveillance cameras, but later did not return to the pool. At the end of October, the police finally issued an investigation notice at the request of the Bruges public prosecutor’s office, after which D. voluntarily presented himself to the police together with his lawyer Mathieu Langerock on October 31, 2023.

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At his criminal trial, which took place behind closed doors, the Bruges native did not deny the assault. But he did minimize the facts. In his own words, he was only a bit ‘careless’ when he tried to help the girl onto a floating board. He also allegedly only touched her in the loins and had no sexual intentions. He strongly denied the facts in the showers.

Child pornography on mobile phones

The public prosecutor asked for four years of effective imprisonment and five years of availability to the sentencing court, which can extend the detention if necessary. In addition to the facts in the Bredene swimming pool, D. was also found guilty of possessing 140 child pornographic photos on his mobile phone. In May 2020, he was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of thousands of images of child abuse. And in September 2007 he was sentenced to six years on appeal for raping his minor daughter.

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The defense insisted on a conditional sentence and the Bruges criminal court accepted this on Monday. D. received a four-year suspended prison sentence and must, among other things, be chemically castrated. This means that his sexual urges will be suppressed with injections. Furthermore, D. may not participate in activities with children for ten years and may not enter a playground or swimming pool during that period.

After the end of his sentence, D. will remain at the disposal of the sentencing court for another five years. He can extend his sentence if necessary. D. must pay his victim provisional compensation of 1,000 euros. The court awarded her mother 971 euros.


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