Orphanage boss suspected of raping 9 girls

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 December, 1999, 12:00am

The former director of an orphanage has been detained by police for allegedly raping nine girls in his care.

Legal proceedings were recently launched against Bai Jianbo by the Urumqi New District People's Investigative Court in the Xinjiang autonomous region, the China News Service said.

He is suspected of raping and having indecent relationships with the girls.

The alleged offences came to light in September after an eight-year-old girl told Bai's wife what he had done to her.

Bai, who used to work in the car-parts business, established the orphanage in 1994.

After receiving approval from relevant government departments, he took in 18 children between the ages of two and five from an unidentified disaster area, the news agency said.

The children called Bai 'Father' and his wife 'Mother'.

Bai was said to have started having sex with the girls after the orphanage moved from a government building to a senior citizens' home in July.

He would ask girls in his care to accompany him for his afternoon nap and then rape them, the agency said.

Residents in Urumqi have rushed to take care of the orphans. A successful businesswoman who had supported the orphanage in the past offered to adopt all 18 children.

The city has yet to make a decision on the children's future.

Before the scandal, the orphanage received a lot of support from the local community.

Many enterprises and societies had donated money and gifts, while the local government waived certain fees.