Teenager who groped underage adopted sister in public arrested
An 18-year-old Chinese teenager, who was spotted indecently touching his adopted sister in front of his parents at the busy Nanjing South Railway Station, has been arrested, Chinese prosecutors confirmed on Tuesday.
The man identified only by his surname Duan, and whose pictures caused an online furor when they were uploaded earlier this month, is facing child molestation charges, according to a statement by the Nanjing Railway Transport Procuratorate.
Investigation is underway, but Duan could face a minimum of five years behind bars if convicted.
The arrest was made in accordance with the Law on Protection of Minors of the People’s Republic of China and the country’s criminal law, the prosecutors said.
The shocking images have gripped the nation and made headlines since they started circulating on August 12.
They show Duan, from central China’s Henan Province, slipping his hands inside the dress of a girl, who was later identified as his foster sister believed to be 14 years old, and groping her breast in public.
Another picture showed an older couple sitting next to Duan, who turned out to be his parents. However they reportedly did nothing to stop him.
After the pictures went viral, Nanjing police tracked Duan down and detained him for questioning. His parents were also interrogated by police officers of Nanjing South Railway Police Station, according to a statement published by the police via its official account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.
The girl, who was adopted in 2009, returned home escorted by the Women’s Federation of Henan Province, after the father was released.
However, the move was condemned by netizens as they feared for the underage girl.