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Death sentence for principal who raped girls

A SCHOOL principal in south China's Fujian Province has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for raping girls aged under 14.

Quanzhou City Intermediate People's Court also convicted 17 others with principal Xu Xinjian yesterday for charges including organizing prostitution and engaging in sex with underage girls.

Xu said he was framed in the case and will appeal. Zhen Wenshan, a former member of Anxi County's legislature, was also sentenced to 11 years in prison. Another five suspects who had sex with five girls under 14 years old were jailed for between five to 13 years, Dong Nan Zao Bao newspaper reported today.

Yang Xiangsi, 18, the main organizer who forced schoolgirls into prostitution, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

He and 11 others also plan to appeal.

The scandal came to light after parents of a girl surnamed Li found their daughter acting oddly. They discovered that Yang had forced her into prostitution by threatening to beat her, and promising money if she complied.

Police investigated and found Yang and his gang had forced eight students from the school and two women into prostitution using similar methods. Xu and Zhen were also involved in the scandal.


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