GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It took seven years to find him and another four to bring him in front of a judge, but the Bern man, now in his 60s, accused of breaking into the Aiglon college dormitories in Villars-sur-Ollon in 2000, is now on trial in Brig, canton Valais. He is charged, in the Aiglon case, with drugging then raping three students while they slept.
He is accused of sexually molesting more than 50 children between 1996 and 2007, most of them under the age of 16. He has admitted to some of the accusations.
The prosecution is demanding 10 years in prison, while the defense is asking for six years plus therapy.
The man was condemned to 10 years plus therapy in 1979 for sexual acts against children.
The Aiglon case was one of a series.
Girls at a summer camp in Fiesch, in the Goms Valley in the upper part of canton Valais, were raped after being drugged in their sleep iln 1996. A similar incident occurred in central Valais two years later. When the attack occurred at Aiglon some 150 persons were tested unsuccessfully for a DNA match, to see if theirs matched sperm found in the dorm rooms.
The man was uncovered by police in 2007 when he was arrested in northern Switzerland for voyeurism and getting into a fight. Police in Soleure put his profile into the national Codis DNA databank. He was then arrested at his home in Solothurn.
The Aiglon College case received international attention because the daughters of Britain’s Prince Andrew were scheduled to attend the school and the family withdrew their names.