The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, who had entrusted a mission on permanent orchestras to Pascal Dumay, former director of the Paris Music Conservatory convicted in 2010 for downloading and distributing child pornography, reversed her decision on Tuesday, according to a statement.
Pascal Dumay had been suspended from his functions after only one year at the head of the prestigious institution, following his conviction.
The announcement on Monday that a mission was entrusted to him sparked outrage on social networks. 24 hours later, a press release from the ministry indicates that it “was brought to the attention” of Roselyne Bachelot “that the person concerned had been convicted in 2010 for downloading and distributing child pornography”.
A new announcement in the coming days
The Minister “immediately made the decision not to entrust her with this mission which was to be carried out jointly with Anne Poursin (consultant in cultural policies, Editor’s note). A new announcement will be made in the coming days ”, concludes the text.
Pascal Dumay, 64, was sentenced by the Versailles Criminal Court to four months suspended prison sentence for the dissemination in 2007 of 12 child pornography images and the downloading between June 2007 and September 2009 of 62 photos.
The former director of the Paris Conservatory of Music had admitted the facts, stating in particular that his frequentation of a Belgian child pornography site had been “marginal” and that he had ceased it “spontaneously in January 2009”. He also said that the events coincided with “two difficult years on a personal level”.
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