A teacher in northwestern
China has been sentenced to death for raping 18 primary school girls, the second
such case in the same area, state media reported Wednesday.
Xinhua News Agency said Cheng Laifu, a teacher in Changhe township in Dingxi
city in Gansu province, was convicted of raping the 18 grade three and four
students on 70 separate occasions between September 2001 and March 2005. The
victims were 9 and 10 years old.
The ruling from the Dingxi Intermediate People's Court said Cheng even raped
several of the girls at the same time.
"Cheng's crimes have had an extremely negative impact on society," the court
said in its decision.
Calls to the court rang unanswered on Wednesday.
Xinhua said that in July 2005 Li Guang, also a teacher in Changhe township,
was sentenced to death for raping 23 grade four and five students the previous
Xinhua said local education officials would not say if the two cases happened
at the same school.
It said the court had conducted a closed-door trial.