A French Gendarme looks at, on February 23, 2014 in Isola Village (French Alps), the mountain cottage destroyed by a rockslide which killed two children aged seven and ten. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET
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Key hearings in the court case are taking place behind closed doors at the request of the suspected victim's lawyers.Lagnien faces up to 20 years in prison for the alleged rape of his psychologically and physically frail parishioner.The court heard that the woman's life revolved entirely around her faith and that she had been surprised by the priest's amorous advances during the June 2010 pilgrimage.Randall Schwerdorffer, the advocate representing the priest, said his client had repeatedly apologised to the woman and said he would be seeking an acquittal.Since the priest was charged with rape, the woman has been left isolated in a village community in which the priest was a popular figure, judicial sources said.
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