China Executes Teacher Who Abused 26 Kids

'Timid' victims were as young as 4
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2015 4:48 AM CDT
A policeman patrols on a pedestrian bridge near the Beijing Supreme People's Court.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

(Newser) – A former elementary school teacher in China has been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4 years old. The Intermediate People's Court in the western province of Gansu says it carried out the sentence against Li Jishun yesterday after it was upheld by the nation's Supreme People's Court. In its ruling, the Supreme People's Court said all of Li's victims were girls younger than 12 who attended his village boarding school.

The court said Li, who carried out the crimes in the space of the year, preyed on "young and timid" students, repeatedly assaulting them in the classroom, dormitories, and surrounding forest, reports the BBC. The ruling said many of the girls had been left in the village by parents working in cities.

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