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School guard given 10-year sentence over student’s rape

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

An ex-convict who served time for sexual assault was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Kaohsiung District Court on Friday for raping a student while he worked as a security guard at a Greater Kaohsiung senior-high school.

The man landed the job after he was released from prison for his prior conviction.

Friday’s ruling said the man, surnamed Wei (魏), was charged with sexual assault, robbery and burglary, and had previously been given a seven-year-and-three-month sentence.

Wei completed his prison term in 2005 and in 2006, he found a job as a senior-high school security guard, the ruling said.

Court documents allege that Wei lured a student by telling her that she suffered from “bad fortune” and that he could do rituals to change her luck. On April 2, Wei allegedly took his victim to the roof of a building, disabled the building’s elevator system and pretended to conduct a ritual on her before raping her, the ruling said.

Wei allegedly gave the victim contraceptive pills and threatened her to keep the attack secret, it added.

The girl testified in court and said she was afraid to resist Wei because he had a knife.

The Kaohsiung District Court said Wei can appeal the ruling with the Taiwan High Court’s Kaohsiung Branch.

The Greater Kaohsiung’s Education Bureau said that people convicted of sex crimes and other serious offenses are barred from serving as school security guards, meaning the security company violated the law.

The school said Wei had been assigned by the security company and that it did not know his background.

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