The cellist received a one-year suspended prison sentence, a ban on teaching minors, inclusion of his name on the sex offender registry, plus an order to pay damages to the victim


Jérôme Pernoo |

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On 26 September 2023, French cellist Jérôme Pernoo was sentenced in the Paris Criminal Court for an act of sexual assault on a minor, following a lengthy investigation. He received a one-year suspended prison sentence, a ten-year ban on teaching minors, plus inclusion of his name on the sex offender registry.

The sentence was given in relation to an assault of a former pupil, Noé Natorp. In addition, Pernoo has been ordered to pay Natorp €16,070 in damages. Pernoo’s lawyers have pointed out that he has been acquitted of three other charges and will consider an appeal.

Pernoo, 51, was suspended from the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance in March 2021 following allegations of sexually inappropriate touching, said to have taken place outside the conservatory over a period of more than ten years. He was reinstated months later in July 2021, but was dismissed for the 2021-22 academic year.

Pernoo faced criminal court in May 2023, where he denied all charges and allegations from four former students.

A former student of Pernoo between the ages of 14 and 21, French cellist Bruno Philippe reacted to Pernoo’s sentencing in a statement: ’It is urgent for the musical community, which is dear to us all, to become more attuned to societal developments.’

Having filed a complaint against his former teacher in Feburary 2023, Philippe said, ’My hope for the future is that the relationship between teachers and students is solely driven by artistic considerations. With confidence.’

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