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A Chinese teacher has been detained for allegedly molesting 15 boys in China's Yunnan Province.

The 32-year-old, identified only as Zhang, molested 15 boys in the last couple of years, he confessed to the police. According to, the country's government-run news agency, Xinhua news, reported that Zhang taught grade four students, Chinese language at the Lima Primary School in Guichao Township, Funing County.

The accused is married and has a three-year-old child. He is said to have coerced the victims into his dormitory before assaulting them. Following medical check-ups on the 15 victims, it has been confirmed that none of them have retained any physical injury.

The school's principal who hired Zhang has been dismissed by the county education department.

China has recently been home to many such sexual assault cases. In November last year, a 60-year-old teacher was detained for molesting 19 girls studying in a primary school in Hunan province. In September, a 61-year-old teacher was held for raping several primary school girls in the Hubei province.

In 2012, vice-principal of the No 2 High School of East China Normal University was sacked after a group of his former students, now men in their 30s, went online to accuse him of having "intimate bodily contacts" with them 15 years ago, according to Shanghai List .

A school teacher in Anhui Province was even sentenced to death for raping five young students and sexually assaulting six others.

A total of 8,069 people in China were charged with sexual assault on children between 2010 and 2013, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate.