Jail for man who ha­rassed girl on­line

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Li Qian

A MAN who made on­line sex­ual threats against a 12-year-old girl has been sen­tenced to one year and nine months in prison for ha­rass­ment, pros­e­cu­tors in Jiad­ing District an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The man was iden­ti­fied as a 25-year-old mi­grant worker sur­named Liu who ar­rived in Shang­hai in 2016. He is said to have a wife and three-year-old daugh­ter in his home­town.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Liu im­per­son­ated a 13-year-old boy on the mes­sag­ing app QQ, where he con­tacted his vic­tim, iden­ti­fied by the pseu­do­nym Xiao Ling. While chat­ting, Xiao shared her photo with Liu as well as her home and school ad­dress.

Liu then de­manded that the girl pose for sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­tos and grope her­self dur­ing an on­line chat ses­sion, ac­cord­ing to court state­ments. When she re­fused, Liu threat­ened to Pho­to­shop her face onto nude pho­tos and then send them to her fam­ily and school.

“I feared that my par­ents and rel­a­tives would see the pho­tos. I was so scared. I had no choice but to lis­ten to him to do some­thing wrong and in­de­cent,” Xiao Ling was quoted as say­ing.

“I es­pe­cially picked young girls un­der the age of 14 be­cause they are naive and can eas­ily be tricked,” Liu said.

The case came to light fol­low­ing a tip-off to Jiad­ing po­lice, ac­cord­ing to court records. Liu was ar­rested in June 2017.

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