“The rapist of the Sambre” was arrested in France this week

A married 57-year-old father, father of three, from  town of Pont-sur-Sambre was arrested on Monday in France after police connected him to the rape of a woman last week across the border in Belgium. His car, a Peugeot 206, was recorded by cameras. The attacker, who was arrested in his car in his home town, worked as a janitor. He also been head of the local football club.

DNA evidence then matched him to that found on several rape victims. After, he confessed attacks on women going back decades, estimating the number of victims to about 40. The man is believed to be one of the most prolific serial rapists France has seen in decades.He was named in French media reports as Dino Scala.


He always used the same method: “The women were attacked from behind, very early in the morning.” He always masked his face. A police source revealed that one victim was just 13, while others included several 17-year-olds. “He was not someone who had attracted anyone’s attention,” said Michel Detrait, the mayor of Pont-sur-Sambre. “He was well liked, ready to help ... We’re completely shocked,” he added. Dino Scala was  long regarded as a pillar of his community. He had not criminal records. He was a declared catholic.