Chinese authorities have announced the execution of a primary school teacher, Li Jishun, who was found guilty of raping or sexually abusing 26 girls.
Li committed the crimes between 2011 and 2012 while teaching at a village school in Gansu Province. He molested his pupils, aged four to 11, who were “young and timid,” according to a statement by the Supreme People’s Court reported by local media.
The report said there have been more than 7,000 child sex abuse cases in recent years and the trend is on the rise.
Li had raped 21 of his victims and sexually abused five others in classrooms, dormitories and the bush surrounding the village near Wushan town.
The statement said that some of his victims had been raped or abused more than once. However, it was not stated how he was caught.
The Gansu court said Li was “a grave threat to society” and noted that he had committed the crimes within just one year.
“The Supreme People’s Court thus believes that it was appropriate for Li Jishun to be executed,” the statement said.