After 22 days in detention, Christian Quesada was released, we learned this week, from the isolation section of Perpignan prison, where he had been incarcerated since September 27.
In 2020, this emblematic player of Jean-Luc Reichmann’s show, Les 12 coups de midi, with his 200 participations, was sentenced to three years in prison for corruption of minors and possession and dissemination of child pornography images, and imprisoned in the prison of Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain). The case caused a stir.
In March 2021, Christian Quesada, having served his prison sentence, was released.
He was therefore not subject to the parole system, or to judicial review, contrary to what some media claim. “He had served his entire prison sentence”, confirms his lawyer, Me Philippe Capsié.
However, on September 27, the 58-year-old was back behind bars, this time in the Pyrénées-Orientales, where he had settled after regaining his freedom.
Why is that ? According to the public prosecutor of Perpignan, the latter did not respect his socio-judicial follow-up. The sentence enforcement judge would therefore have decided to impose a “penalty” of 30 additional days in prison. The maximum penalty for non-compliance with this monitoring was three years.
Socio-judicial follow-up should be distinguished from judicial control or obligations in terms of conditional release. “The socio-judicial follow-up entails, for the convict, the obligation to submit, under the supervision of the sentence enforcement judge and for a period determined by the trial court, to surveillance and assistance measures intended to prevent recidivism”, specifies Légifrance.
In April 2020, at the end of his trial for corruption of minors and possession and dissemination of child pornography, Christian Quesada was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of socio-judicial follow-up, in addition to being registered with FIJAIS, the file of perpetrators of sexual offences.
“He is indeed subject to socio-judicial monitoring, and in this context, he has a certain number of obligations and prohibitions. Among these obligations is the obligation to work. Except that Mr. Quesada encountered real difficulties in finding work. He has few qualifications, little experience, and his notoriety has further complicated this job search”, explains Me Capsié to Planet.
The prosecutor, for his part, cites a “lack of investment in his search for training and employment”.
Christian Quesada was therefore forced to make a brief return to prison. “He stayed there for three weeks,” his advice continues.
Now free, again, the former candidate of the 12 noon shots should seriously get down to looking for a job, therefore, so as not to return behind bars. “He is aware that he has to work, and he needs it, also to find a semblance of normal life”, confides to us Me Philippe Capsié.
Christian Quesada also intends to make a brief media return, despite himself…
Thursday, October 27, C8 will broadcast at 9:15 p.m. an exclusive documentary devoted to the case. And on this occasion, the main interested party would have granted a long telephone interview to the editorial staff, of which the channel promised to broadcast extracts.