In a sickening story that highlights the morally vacant mindset of certain individuals, on multiple occasions a French mother held down her four-year-old son in a prison visiting room while he was raped by the jailed stepfather. Both the mother and the stepfather have now received 20-year prison sentences for their unspeakable acts, reports the NY Daily News on Sept. 27.
Sabrina Bonner, 25, visited Lionel Barthelemy, 32, at the Toul Detention Centre in eastern France throughout 2009 and 2010. During the visits, Bonner would blindfold her child, make him kneel on a chair, and hold him down with one hand while filming the repulsive act on her cell phone.
“The behavior of Sabrina Bonner is not even that of an animal towards its child,” said prosecutor Gilles Delorme, who described Barthelemy as “a sadist in the purest form.”
A Strasbourg court sentenced the pair to two decades behind bars. Lionel Barthelemy has already been in jail since 2009 on domestic violence and assault charges. Court documents show the two admitted to multiple counts of rape and sexual assault of the boy, who is now eight years old.
The shocking case is now raising questions over how prison officials could allow such a brutal act to occur, time after time. Bonner even taped up a black bag to cover the glass window of the visiting room door. All visits were supposed to be supervised, prosecutors said, especially considering Barthelemy’s record of abuse.
During the trial, psychiatrist Jean-Pierre May told the court that the couple had a "sado-masochist, master and slave relationship" with one another.
In 2011, Bonner turned herself in shortly before Barthelemy was due to be released from prison. She admitted to performing multiple sexual assaults on her child, filming them, and giving the memory card to Barthelemy in prison.
Bonner claimed that she carried out the assaults under a threat of violence from Barthelemy.
The two can discuss it now as they rot away in jail.