A postgraduate student named Dong Mou has been arrested on accusations of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he was tutoring.
Yuan Yuan (pseudonym) is 12 years old had recently graduated from elementary school. Her mother had sought out Dong Mou and enrolled Yuan Yuan in a training course to help with her relatively poor grades.
According to iFeng, the course was in a class setting at first. After an incident where Dong Mou inappropriately touched Yuan Yuan with the pretense of measuring a fever, Dong Mou texted her mother to suggest 1 on 1 tutoring. Her mother agreed and the following weeks saw more assaults.
Odd behavior from Yuan Yuan prompted her mother to speak to both her and Dong Mou, who handed himself in to the police. Although Dong Mou didn’t have full intercourse with the girl, their genitals touched, classifying the assault as rape on a minor.
Under Chinese law, criminals charged with rape can receive terms between three and 10 years, with longer sentences if the victim is a minor.
Angry netizens have called Dong Mou both a pig and an animal, with one user highlighting that the Chinese education system focuses only on grades and not moral ethics.