The Geneva-based asset manager was convicted of rape with cruelty, attempted rape, sexual confinement and sexual acts with children in a case that, with its sordid details, has attracted wide media attention in Western Switzerland.
The court was told the man raped the 11-year-old in Gland, a municipality near Nyon, in a premeditated way by posing as a technician and luring her into an equipment room in a residential neighbourhood on April 14,2011, 20 Minutes reported.
He raped her at knifepoint and threatened to kill her if she told anyone, according to earlier evidence.
The grandmother of the victim, a teacher, reportedly maltreated the man’s daughter but the court rejected the notion that vengeance was involved in the case, 20 Minutes said.
After his subsequent arrest in August 2012, other cases came to light, including sexual abuse and attempted rape of another girl in Geneva between 2007 and 2010.
The man, referred to as a pedophile and the “pervert of Gland” by local media, abused this girl in front of his son, 20 Minutes said.
The court noted than he had also abused his own daughter when she was four years old.
Media earlier reported that the man was also suspected of sexual aggressions on young girls as a swimming pool.
“We have rarely known such sadism and perversity,” the court’s chief judge is quoted as saying.
The prosecution had sought a penalty of 11 years imprisonment.
The 490 days that the convicted man has spent in detention will be deducted from his penalty.
Le Matin newspaper reported online that he was very ill and “will probably die before his sentence is finished”.