Identities revealed in Tahiti child sex abuse case

11:33 am on 25 July 2019

The identity of the four sex offenders in French Polynesia sentenced to prison for their contact with child prostitutes has been revealed.

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The four were last week convicted for sexual abuse of minors and given jail terms of up to 30 months, with up to 18 months suspended.

Tahiti-infos reported that among the four, who are between 54 and 74 years old, is the former director of French Polynesia's Youth and Sports Institute, Antonio Arai.

A businessman, Leo Le Prado, who is a repeat offender, has been given a 30-month sentence, of which 18 are suspended.

Their contact was with girls all under the age of 15, with the youngest a homeless 12-year-old who lived with her boyfriend on the beach.

They were reportedly given cash and food.

The reports said police opened investigations after receiving an anonymous letter last year and after the wife of one of the men contacted them.