CHRISTIAN QUESADA – The candidate for the Twelve blows of noon was condemned this Wednesday to three years in prison and five years of socio-judicial monitoring for corruption of minors and detention and dissemination of child pornography images.
[Mis à jour le 8 avril 2020 à 19h00] The information fell in the late afternoon. At the end of his trial, Christian Quesada was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of socio-judicial monitoring by the court in Bourg en Bresse. It is Le Progrès, present at the Palais de Justice while the trial was taking place behind closed doors because of the confinement rules, which reports this information this Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The former champion of the twelve noon shots was found guilty corruption of minors between 2017 and 2019 but also for possession and dissemination of child pornography images. The use of an electronic communications network was an aggravating circumstance, reports the regional daily. If he does not respect the socio-judicial follow-up formulated in his sentence, Christian Quesada will have to spend three more years in prison. Before the trial, the 50-year-old was released by his lawyer after they spoke. Me Christophe Camacho revealed to the Progress journalists present at the criminal court that they had differences “on how to approach the case”. The prosecution had requested a three-year prison sentence and six-year socio-judicial follow-up. For the facts for which he was tried, Christian Quesada risked up to 7 years in prison.
It was in March 2019 that the Christian Quesada case broke out, following the complaint of a young minor woman. The latter claimed that the former television champion had impersonated a minor with her on social networks and asked him to undress. During the investigation and the search of the suspect’s home, the police discovered in the 50-something hard drives containing nearly 30,000 photos and almost 1,077 child pornography videos.
Christian Quesada had already admitted the facts
In 2019, after his indictment, Christain Quesada admitted to having thousands of child pornography photos, and also admitted the corruption of minors on four young girls, between 2017 and 2019. This is not the first time that the former champion of the Twelve noon strokes had to face justice for similar facts. However, he has always denied the accusations of sexual assault against him, accusations for which he was not tried this Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Christian Quesada had admitted to feeling an attraction for young girls, evoking “pure fantasies” and “games with teenage girls” for which he would never have acted out.
Christian Quesada released by his lawyer before the trial
Before the start of the trial this Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the court in Bourg en Bresse, Christian Quesada was released by his lawyer. The latter had arrived in advance at the Bourg en Bresse court to interview his client by videoconference. About twenty minutes later, he leaves the courthouse, note journalists from Le Progrès. “I am no longer his lawyer” announced Mr. Camacho, citing differences “on how to approach the case”. Christian Quesada nevertheless decided to appear before the courts without a lawyer, and was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison and five years of socio-judicial monitoring.
Christian Quesada has already dealt with justice
Before being indicted and remanded in March 2019, Christian Quesada had already dealt with justice. And the former Midi champion has even been tried for similar facts. Between 2001 and 2009, the 50-year-old was convicted several times for corruption of a minor, sexual exhibition and the detention and dissemination of child pornography. This judicial past had, moreover, an influence on his pre-trial detention, and constituted an aggravating circumstance during the trial.
How was the trial?
The trial of Christian Quesada took place by videoconference because of the health crisis linked to the coronavirus which strikes France. But concretely, how will it work? According to information from RTL, the three magistrates were spaced at least one meter at the Bourg-en-Bresse court. The former noon master answered questions in a room in the Bourg-en-Bresse detention center, and his answers were broadcast live in the courtroom by screens. There will be no public or media at the trial, the closed camera being imposed. However, the lawyer for the foundation for childhood who became a civil party, Maître Céline Astolfe, regretted this procedure: “Justice with closed curtains loses its educational function”, she deplores in the columns of the Parisian. The latter was also absent, and only Christian Quesada’s lawyer had to be present in the room to plead.
How is prison life for Christian Quesada?
Christian Quesada has been detained for over a year at the Bourg en Bresse prison center, near Lyon. He cannot communicate with the outside world since he is in the isolation district, specifies Le Progrès. It is in this penitentiary district that detainees known to be at risk, in the media or who may be victims of other prisoners are placed. But contrary to what a co-detainee claims in one of the documentaries broadcast before the trial, Christian Quesada would not be “stuffed with medication” or victim of his fellow inmates. It was his lawyer who denied in May 2019 in Le Progrès, while a prison officer claims that he is “alone in cell”, that he “goes for a walk alone, his activities alone. He is a detainee which does not pose any problem, does not make speak about him “.
Christian Quesada was born in 1964 in the Hauts-de-Seine department. He was 22 years old when he participated in his first televised game, in 1986: it was Numbers and letters on France 2, at the time Antenna 2. To date, Christian Quesada remains the only player to have won at the Champions Cup, the Masters and the Club Cup. After these remarkable passages, he will participate over the years in other programs: the Grand Special Contest for TV game champions but also The Biggest Quiz in France.
It was in 2016 that Christian Quesada stood out among the general public: while he did not have a job, he became the champion of the 12 Coups de midi on TF1. This single father of two children will participate in 193 broadcasts and will accumulate 809,392 euros in winnings and gifts, a record for the program presented by Jean-Luc Reichmann, which has not yet been beaten. He will finally be eliminated in January 2017 and becomes one of the biggest winners of television games in France.
Between 2001 and 2009, Christian Quesada will have to deal with justice several times: he is condemned on numerous occasions for corruption of a minor, sexual exhibition and detention and dissemination of child pornography images. The champion of televised games is also condemned in 2017 for “attempted aggravated pimping”.
It was however in 2019 that the “Christian Quesada affair” broke out. Following a complaint from a minor, an investigation began at the end of 2017. On March 27, 2019, the ex-champion was placed under investigation and placed in pre-trial detention. The police discover thousands of child pornography images and videos on their computer. In May 2019, the 50-year-old confessed by the voice of his lawyer to be attracted to adolescent girls, but not to children. His lawyer will admit that the former Master of Midi “assumes what he did” and tries to justify the possession of child pornography images, claiming “fantasies without any desire to take action”. Christian Quesada has been incarcerated since March 2019, pending his trial. On April 8, 2020, Christian Quesada was found guilty of “corruption of minors” and “possession and dissemination of child pornography images”. He condemned by the correctional court of Bourg en Bresse to three years in prison and five years of socio-judicial monitoring. If he does not respect the socio-judicial follow-up, he will have to return to prison for three years.
Christian Quesada participates for the first time in the 12 noon shots on July 4, 2016. To date, he remains the greatest champion of the TF1 show: he remained Master of noon until January 2017, and accumulates to him only 193 participations. No other noon master has done better than Christian Quesada at the time of writing. He was nicknamed “The Professor” by Jean-Luc Reichmann. Following accusations against the ex-champion, the presenter of TF1 said he felt “disgust” and “anger”, adding that Quesada was now deleted from the show’s archives.
How much did Christian Quesada make? Christian Quesada is one of the great champions of the 12 noon strokes. In total, he collected 809 euros in prize money and gifts. This sum is still today a record for the broadcast of TF1.
Christian Quesada was married to a woman, a certain Emilie, who preferred to remain anonymous. The couple had two children, before divorcing in May 2012, four years after they said yes.