The former director of a primary school in the province of Gansuin northwest China, was executed on November 7 by means of lethal injection, after being sentenced to death for rape and sexually abuse minors, according to local media reports today.
Zhang Longji was sentenced to death for raping five girls between 8 and 12 years old and sexually abusing 17 others between the ages of 8 and 14, crimes he committed during his time as head of teaching and discipline and then as principal at a local primary school in Jingning county, local media China Daily reported.
The Pingliang City Intermediate People’s Court found Zhang guilty of rape and sentenced him to death “due to the seriousness of his crimes.”
Despite Zhang’s appeal against the sentence, the province’s Higher People’s Court rejected it, confirming the maximum sentence.
Local education authorities have begun assistance and support for affected female students, although specific details are being kept confidential due to the involvement of minors, China Daily reports.