Luring and child pornography: former Olympic hopeful Thierry Pellerin pleads guilty

Luring and child pornography: former Olympic hopeful Thierry Pellerin pleads guilty


Former Olympic hopeful and gymnastics coach Thierry Pellerin admitted to having encouraged teenagers from the Gymnamic club in Lévis to send him a picture of their penises in addition to having filmed the private parts of eight young boys while peeing in the gym toilet.

Thierry Pellerin was a prominent athlete in Lévis as a former Olympic hopeful turned coach at Club Gymnamic. However, the 24-year-old man had much less desire to be recognized Monday morning at the courthouse when he arrived wearing a hooded vest covering almost all of his face in addition to wearing a mask. procedure. 

Thierry Pellerin, July 11 at the Quebec City courthouse.

In the courtroom, however, Pellerin appeared in a white shirt before the judge to plead guilty to the charges of luring, producing child pornography and inciting two boys to touch each other. The gymnast was first arrested in 2020 after the parents of two teenagers aged 11 and 12 filed a complaint against their boy's coach who was nevertheless considered “an idol” and “a role model” for them.&nbsp ; 

It is the father of a first boy who had found discussions of a sexual nature with the coach by confiscating his son's cell phone. Exchanges on the length of the erect and flaccid penis as well as photos that had been deleted were found.  

The accused said he was acting as a “big brother [to] teach him life tricks” and also sent him photos of his penis asking the victim not to talk about it. Since the name of a second victim was mentioned in the exchanges with the first teenager, the parents of the latter alerted the parents of the second child, which ultimately led to a complaint and the arrest of Thierry Pellerin.   

Child pornography

During his arrest, the Lévis police officers however searched the computer equipment of the accused who lived with his parents. On a hard drive, the investigators then found a folder entitled “Gym” in which videos with the names of eight boys were identified. 

In each of the videos, Pellerin films the penises of children between the ages of 6 and 12 when they urinate in the gym toilets. The accused was filming close-ups of the children's private parts.  

In addition to these 14 videos showing eight children at the gym, 15 videos of child pornography and two videos of a victims of the first file have been found. Some of the videos found were made in July 2015, five years before his arrest.  

Thierry Pellerin has admitted guilt on all counts. A pre-sentence report with a sexological component was requested before sentencing submissions in December, during which victims could be heard.    

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