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Two elite Paris police officers guilty of raping Canadian tourist

Last Updated Jan 31, 2019 at 3:40 pm EDT

Emily Spanton from Canada, left, arrives with her lawyer Mario Stasi, right, at court in Paris, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Two anti-gang French policemen went on trial Monday on charges of gang-raping Spanton, a Canadian tourist at Paris police headquarters nearly five years ago. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Two elite French police officers have been sentenced to seven years after being convicted of gang-raping a Canadian tourist inside Paris police headquarters.

Emily Spanton, who agreed to be identified in the case, is the daughter of a Toronto police officer. She was visiting Paris in April 2014 when she met the officers at an Irish pub.

The officers offered to give her a tour of the police headquarters, a building famous for its architecture.

There, she claimed she was forced to drink whisky, perform oral sex and was raped several times.

When she left the building later, Spanton approached another officer and reported that she had been raped.

Spanton first said that she had been raped by four officers before revising her testimony to three. Only two policemen were brought before the court.

Both officers denied the allegations, with one saying there was consensual sex and one admitting only to “consensual touching.”

A lower court dismissed the original case on the grounds there was not enough evidence to prosecute. But a French appeal court overturned that decision and ordered a trial.

The officers, Nicolas Redouane and Antoine Quirin, had denied raping her. They could have faced up to 20 years in jail.