Updated: 06/14/2013 02:39 | By Agence France-Presse

US teacher arrested in China for child sex abuse: Xinhua

An American teacher at a French school in Shanghai has been formally arrested on suspicion of molesting six children aged six to ten years old, Xinhua news agency reported.


US teacher arrested in China for child sex abuse: Xinhua

A general view of the Lycee Francais de Shanghai on June 5, 2013. An American teacher at a French school in Shanghai has been formally arrested on suspicion of molesting six children aged six to ten years old, Xinhua news agency reported.

David McMahon, 32, was detained on May 13 after one of the victims came forward and was officially arrested on Thursday, the Pudong New Area People's Procuratorate announced, according to Xinhua.

Chinese law requires formal arrests to be approved by prosecutors, even if suspects are already in detention.

According to an earlier police statement, the victims were four girls and two boys attending the Lycee Francais de Shanghai, five of them French and one Italian.

McMahon told the pupils their homework needed checking to lure them away, before they were taken to the school library and molested, the statement said.

Parents had previously told AFP that seven families had filed formal accusations against the teacher, alleging sexual abuse and rape of students of both sexes.

The detention came five months after a former teacher at the school, also American, was extradited to the United States on similar charges, they said.

The school, which said psychological support was being offered to pupils, 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.

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