Wednesday, July 30, 2014   

Former Shaanxi lawmaker jailed for sex crime
(04-29 13:15)

A former lawmaker in northwest China's Shaanxi Province has been sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting a teenage girl, a court announced on Tuesday.
Zhang Zhihong was caught having sexual relations with a middle school girl in a hotel in Weinan City on May 25, 2013 during a prostitution crackdown. At the time, Zhang was serving as deputy to the Weinan Municipal People's Congress, a local legislature. Zhang also serves as chairman of a local automobile sales company.
Zhang was detained by police on August 17, 2013. He was given a sentence of eight years during the first trial by the Linwei District People's Court in January.
Zhang appealed after the ruling. The Weinan City Intermediate People's Court tried the appeal case on April 25. It rejected the appeal and upheld the original verdict and fined him 20,000 yuan.
Another four suspects involved in the case were sentenced to four to six years' imprisonment for organizing prostitution. --Xinhua   
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