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Girl's testimony sends her molester to prison

A MAN who molested a seven-year-old migrant child three times when her parents weren't home was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, the Jing'an District People's Court announced yesterday.

The girl didn't tell her mother about the molestation until her father came to visit them a month later in April. The case was tried behind closed doors and her name was not disclosed in order to protect the girl.

Prosecutors said the convicted man, surnamed Ye, broke into the girl's home one day in March and molested the girl in front of a classmate of hers who was doing homework with her after school. Ye molested the girl on two other days, the court heard. The girl was usually alone at home because her mother, a migrant worker, came home late due to her job.

The girl's parents reported the crimes to police after the girl told her father the truth. Prosecutors said she was afraid to tell her mother because her mother was so strict.

Police suggested the parents seek free legal help from Jing'an District Legal Aid Center, which appointed Zhang Yuxia, a lawyer with a psychological counseling certificate, to help the traumatized girl.

"She was ashamed of what happened to her and became irritable at home and school," Zhang said.

Ye denied all accusations and kept silent during investigation, Zhang said. There was a danger that he could have been freed for lack of evidence given that a month had passed.

"The girl's testimony then became the most powerful evidence to prove Ye's crime," said Zhang.

At a hearing in August, Zhang said the girl's confession was very credible because a seven-year-old girl had no reason to lie about such a horrible experience.


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