CHRISTIAN QUESADA – The trial of the candidate for 12 noon takes place this Wednesday at the correctional court of Bourg en Bresse. Accused of child pornography, Christian Quesada faces up to 7 years in prison.
[Mis à jour le 8 avril 2020 à 16h11] The trial of Christian Quesada opens Wednesday under very specific conditions. More than a year after his indictment, the former champion of the 12 noon shots is tried before the correctional court of Bourg-en-Bresse for corruption of minors between 2017 and 2019 and possession of child pornography images. But the crisis linked to the coronavirus impacts the course of the trial, since it takes place behind closed doors and by videoconference in order to comply with health recommendations. As this is not the first time that the former candidate for the 12 noon strikes the courts for similar facts, he has against him the aggravating circumstance of the repeat offense. However, he will not be tried for alleged sexual assault. If found guilty of the above-mentioned facts, Christian Quesada can face up to 7 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 euros. According to Le Progrès, the defendant’s lawyer left the criminal court just before the start of the trial after speaking with his client, indicating that he was “no longer his lawyer”, citing differences over “the manner of ‘approach the dossier “.
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 nearly 1,077 child pornography videos. At the end of 2019, the request for release made by the fifty-year-old father of two children was refused by the courts. Christian Quesada admitted having thousands of child pornography photos and recognized the corruption of minors on four young girls. However, he denied all accusations of acting out, citing only “pure fantasies” and “games with adolescent girls”. For his part, the public prosecutor Christophe Rode reported that he “realizes the gravity of the facts but explains that he only consulted these images and never committed sexual assault”. Christian Quesada, however, admitted to feeling an attraction for younger girls.
Christian Quesada’s lawyer leaves the courthouse
According to journalists from Le Progrès, Christian Quesada would no longer have a lawyer. Maître Christophe Camacho, who has defended the former champion of the Twelve noon shots for more than a year, is said to have interviewed his client before the trial began. Once this discussion ended, he left the criminal court of Bourg en Bresse: “I am no longer his lawyer” he announced, quickly explaining that he and his client did not agree on “the way to approach the dossier “reports Le Progrès. The former televised candidate can however be tried without a lawyer if he wishes.
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 an influence on his pre-trial detention, and could constitute an aggravating circumstance during the trial, if he is convicted.
How will the trial take place?
The trial of Christian Quesada will take 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 will be spaced at least one meter at the court in Bourg-en-Bresse. The former noon-master will answer questions in a room in the Bourg-en-Bresse detention center, and his answers will be 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 joined as 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 will also be absent, and only Christian Quesada’s lawyer will be 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 detainees. It was his lawyer who denied in May 2019 in Le Progrès, while a prison officer claims that he is “alone in the 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 “.
Other testimonies against the former noon master
Since the indictment of Christian Quesada in March 2019, other women have testified on television or on social networks against him. Among them, a former candidate for 12 noon shots, Emeline, said that Christian Quesada had sent him photos of her sex. “I think he may have acted out since he offered to come to his house. Given how heavy he could have been by messages, what could he have done physically? ” She also claims that Christian Quesada sent her photos of her sex. In April 2019, a certain Melissa claims to have been raped by the fifties in 2017, when she was 17 years old. She made these confessions on the Touche set not at my post on C8. However, she retracts in the documentary From dream to nightmare: update on the case, evoking an “attempted” rape. Several television documentaries were broadcast while the investigation was still underway, in order to “lift the veil” on the personality of the former master of the 12 noon strike.
In total, between five and ten women were heard as part of the investigation against the former noon master. A few weeks after the start of the affair, the 50-year-old had finally admitted his attraction to adolescent girls, but not for children. Christian Quesada has also always denied having committed sexual assaults, adding that the images he possessed were “fantasies”.
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 Figures and letters on France 2, at the Antenna 2 era. 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 which opens on April 8, 2020 before the correctional court of Bourg-en-Bresse.
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 former 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.