French citizen Francois Abello Camille, second left, is guarded by Jakarta Police officers on July 9, 2020. He is accused of having sex with 305 underage girls. (Antara Photo/Adam Bariq)

Elderly French Citizen Accused of Having Sex with 305 Minors Dies after Suicide Attempt


JULY 13, 2020

Jakarta. A French citizen in police custody for allegedly having sex with more than 300 girls under the age of 18 has died after attempting to commit suicide inside his cell, the Jakarta Police said on Monday.

Francois Abello Camille, 65, died on Sunday evening, three dies after he attempted to kill himself using a wire, Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Yusri Yunus told reporters.


"He died last night at around 8.00 p.m.,” Yusri said.

On Thursday, a police guard found him unconscious strangled by a wire inside his cell.

"His neck was strangled, he tried to commit suicide with a wire but not by hanging," Yusri said.

Camille was immediately brought to the Kramat Jati Police Hopsital in East Jakarta but he succumbed to his injury three days after being treated, the officer said. 

Hours before the suicide attempt, Camille was presented in a news conference where police detailed the shocking case.

Police said the suspect had lured his victims of mostly homeless girls to hotels in West Jakarta, where he washed and dressed them, before having sex with them.

Evidence retrieved from his laptop revealed that he had made hundreds of sex videos with at least 305 different girls, all “are Indonesian children”, Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Nana Sudjana said at that time.

“When we say children, we mean persons under 18,” Nana said.

The suspect has promised his victims a modeling career. He photographed them before forcing them to have sex with him, Nana said.

Each of the victims was paid between Rp 250,000 and Rp 1 million ($69), he said.

Camille had tried to conceal evidence but police managed to get access to his laptop and retrieve the evidence.

According to police, the suspect has frequently visited Indonesia since February 2015 on tourist visa.

He has been in Jakarta since April despite having overstayed his visa, but was allowed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. He has since moved from one hotel to another, mostly in West Jakarta.

Police arrested him at a hotel on Jalan Mangga Besar, West Jakarta, after following a tipoff from the community earlier this month. He was found in the hotel room with two girls, all were naked, the police have said.

Police seized 21 female clothes, six memory cards, a laptop, six cameras, a microphone, and two card readers from the suspect, among other evidence.

Only 17 of 305 victims have been identified so far, with police saying all the girls had not reached the age to obtain ID card, making it difficult to trace them.