A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after he drugged and raped seven girls — all under 18 years old — whom he met online under the pretext of offering guitar lessons. The case points to the disturbing possibility of a larger ring of drug-facilitated sexual assault.
The rapist purchased the knockout drugs from a 21-year-old man in Heilongjiang province, in China’s northeast, who in the same judgement was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for “imparting criminal methods” and assisting rape. A district court in Changzhou, a city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, delivered its sentence on Oct. 17, China Youth Daily reported Friday. The criminal case was heard in a closed trial to protect the identity of the underage victims, and identifying information was redacted from the judge’s report.
According to the court, the rapist found the dealer on China’s ubiquitous