BEIJING: An American teacher at a top French school in Shanghai has been detained on suspicion of child molestation, local police said, confirming reports from school officials and parents.
“On May 13, (the man) was detained by the police in accordance with the law for the alleged crime of child molestation,” the city’s public security bureau said late Thursday on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
A female student had lodged a report with them a day earlier about repeated molestation, police said, adding that “the case is still under investigation”.
Seven families had filed formal accusations against the teacher, alleging sexual abuse and rape of students of both sexes, several parents told AFP.
The detention came five months after a former teacher at the Lycee Francais de Shanghai, also American, was extradited to the United States on similar charges.
That move came “following an investigation into sexual touching and violence against minors”, the school said in an email.
From 2005 until last year that teacher worked alternately at the French and German schools, which share a campus.
He left the French school in 2011 and its management said his alleged actions occurred during individual classes at a private home, when he was no longer on staff.
The school is contracted with the Agency for French Teaching Abroad, a government body.
Its two campuses have 1,600 students, ranging in age from three to 18.
The US consulate in Shanghai has declined to comment on the case.