A man in Gansu province was put to death yesterday for the rape and sexual abuse of 26 young girls, Xinhua reported, citing the Supreme People’s Court.
Li Jishun was sentenced to death after the Intermediate People’s Court of Tianshui City found that he had raped or sexually abused 26 schoolgirls, aged four to 11, when he taught at a primary school from 2011 to 2012.
According to Xinhua, “He took advantage of those who were both childish and timid and committed his acts in dormitories or classrooms.”
Because of the harm caused to the young girls and the “extremely negative social impact,” of his crime, Li was given the most severe punishment.
In April, two other teachers in China were given the death sentence for sexually abusing young children. Gao Daosheng, a 59-year-old teacher in Wuhu, Anhui province, was convicted for raping and sexually molesting 11 first- and second-grade students multiple times starting in late 2011. Yang Shifu, 56, was found guilty of raping two underage girls and sexually abusing an unspecified number of girls when he was teaching in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, China’s supreme court ordered that harsher punishments be handed out to child abusers, an announcement that came just days after seven cases of school-aged children being sexually molested or abused had surfaced. In most of the cases, teachers or government officials were identified as the perpetrators.
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