Two elite Paris police officers guilty of raping Canadian tourist

Antoine Q. one of two French policemen accused of raping a Canadian tourist in April 2014 arrives for a hearing at the Criminal Court in Paris on Jan.14 2019

Antoine Q. one of two French policemen accused of raping a Canadian tourist in April 2014 arrives for a hearing at the Criminal Court in Paris on Jan.14 2019

Two elite French police officers were found guilty on Thursday of gang raping a Canadian tourist inside the judicial police's prestigious Paris headquarters after a trial held steps from the scene of the crime.

The men, Nicolas Redouane, 49, and Antoine Quirin, 40, had denied raping 39-year-old Emily Spanton, saying the sex was consensual. They were also ordered to pay 20,000 euros in damages.

She told the trial she had been invited to tour the police headquarters after meeting a group of officers in a bar, but when she went there she was gang-raped.

The officers, who had not been jailed pending trial, faced up to 20 years in prison.

ERIC FEFERBERG via Getty ImagesNicolas R., one of two French policemen accused of raping a Canadian tourist in April 2014, arrives for a hearing at the Criminal Court in Paris on January 14, 2019.

Spanton was "easy prey", Courroye said.

"I couldn't see myself going back to the hotel in that state and I thought that, going to a police station, I'd feel safer".

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Witnesses described her as looking happy when she entered police headquarters, but distraught when she left and immediately accused the policemen of rape.

According to a report from LCI, Spanton left the court building without making a statement, while the officers were handcuffed in court to be prepared for processing.

The officers were also allowed to return home without submitting to a breathalyser test.

The daughter of a Toronto police officer, Spanton would later tell investigators, "I had had a lot to drink".

"All my life I've had good relationships with women".

Emily Spanton waived her right to anonymity to pursue the case. "I never raped this woman". They claim the woman consented to sexual interactions that night.

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