Property tycoon sentenced to five years for child molestation

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A Shanghai court on Wednesday sentenced Chinese real estate tycoon, Wang Zhenhua, to five years in prison for child molestation.

The presiding judge said Wang was given a heavier punishment according to law, as he caused severe consequence of second-degree minor injuries to his victim, who was under 12 years old, and refused to confess to his criminal acts amid trials, according to the people’s court in the Putuo district of Shanghai.

Wang was the chairman of Shanghai-based property developer Seazen Holdings Co., Ltd. The company published a notice on July 3, 2019, confirming that Wang, then 57, had been detained. He was arrested on July 10, 2019, on a charge of child molestation.

Another defendant, Zhou Yanfen, was sentenced to four years in prison on the same day. According to media report, Zhou, a friend of the victim’s mother, took the then 9-year-old girl from neighboring Jiangsu Province to a hotel in Shanghai where she was molested. 

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