French man arrested in Indonesia for sexual abuse of over 300 children


A French national has been arrested by Indonesian authorities for alleged sexual abuse of minors after finding videos showing him molesting over 300 children on his laptop computer.

Pensioner Francois Abello Camille was arrested last month at a hotel in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, where they discovered him with two naked girls, police said.

Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said they received a tip-off from nearby residents who suspected a foreigner at the hotel was exploiting children.

Camille faces death by firing squad if convicted on the raft of charges – including accusations he filmed the illicit encounters – under Indonesia’s child protection laws.

Investigators say they found videos on Camille’s laptop computer that showed him performing illegal sex acts on hundreds of children aged between 10 and 17.

Jakarta Police Chief Nana Sudjana presented Abello, a 65-year-old retiree at a news conference on Thursday.

Abello remained silent at the news conference.

Sudjana said Abello had not cooperated with investigators and refused to provide passwords for programs on his computer.

He said most of the victims were street children whom Abello had approached and offered work as models. Abello paid them between 250,000 and 1 million rupiah (US$17 and US$70) for engaging in sex with him and beat those who refused, Sudjana said.

“We are still investigating whether he has also exploited his victims economically through social media or other internet platforms,” Sudjana said.

There are reports that foreign paedophiles are increasingly targeting children in Indonesia, but there have been few arrests of foreigners and little research on the topic.

In mid-June, police said they arrested an American fugitive, Russ Albert Medlin, for alleged sexual assault of children. He was apprehended at his residence in southern Jakarta after police questioned three minors.

Medlin had been charged with sexual violence against a minor twice by a district court in Nevada between 2006 and 2008 and served two years in prison prior to his arrest in Jakarta, Yunus said. (Source: Mainichi Japan)