Teacher executed for raping 26 young students.

A former Chinese
elementary school teacher has
been executed for molesting or raping 26 students, some
as young as 4, in a case underscoring the vulnerability of rural children left behind by
parents seeking jobs in cities.

The intermediate People’s Court in the impoverished
western province of Gansu said it carried out the sentence
against Li Jishun on Thursday after it was upheld by the nation’s Supreme People’s

Li committed his
assaults in the classroom,dormitories and surrounding
forest areas in 2011-2012.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court said all of Li’s victims
were girls younger than 12 who attended his village boarding school and “were his
responsibility to educate and protect.”

“However, he took advantage of his status as teacher to
repeatedly rape and molest the young girls, concealing his
crimes and making it more difficult for his victims to resist and expose him,” the ruling
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