Nebraska: Chinese Teaching Assistant Arrested in Sexual Assault Case

Zhijun Xia, 29, a teaching assistant “originally from China” (and likely still a Chinese national) at the University of Nebraska Omaha, has been charged with sexual assault on a child.

The story is at the Omaha World Herald (hat tip: Michelle):

UNO instructor charged with sexual assault; police say he also took photos of 15-year-old girl

A graduate assistant teacher at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child on allegations that he had sex multiple times with a 15-year-old girl he was tutoring.

Zhijun Xia, $20,000 in cash will spring him. No mention of whether the judge took his passport.

Zhijun Xia, 29, an instructor in UNO’s math department, also has been charged with creating child pornography for taking photos of the girl performing sex acts on him in his UNO office, police say. If convicted, Xia, originally from China, would face a minimum of three years and a maximum of more than 100 years in prison.

According to a warrant for Xia’s arrest, the girl, now 17, went to UNO’s public safety office June 3 and to Omaha police a week later and laid out the following accusations:

The girl went to Xia for tutoring once a month. Xia began texting the girl, then 15, in June 2018.

The two began having sex a month later. The two would meet and engage in sex acts and intercourse in his car at Center Park at 159th and Valley Streets, in the parking lot of a Goodwill retail store near 181st and Q Streets and in Xia’s office on the UNO campus.

Story continues with more details of their encounters.  One wonders what took the girl so long to go to authorities.

Under Nebraska law, it is illegal for anyone 19 or older to have sex with anyone 15 or younger.

 

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