An American man who taught at an English language training facility in China has been sentenced to 41 years and eight months in federal prison for coerce ing Chinese female students as young as 12 to send them pornographic images and videos.
Under federal law, Baldwin faces a minimum of 15 years in prison without parole for 15 years, and a maximum of 50 years in prison without parole.
Curtis Baldwin, 48, a former English first teacher, left China in November 2019, the US Attorney's office for the State of Missouri said in a press release announcing the sentence on Sept 17.
After returning to Springfield, Missouri, he contacted the victim, a 12-year-old girl, via wechat.
Baldwin told the victim he had graphic video clips of the teen "engaging in sexually explicit acts" and threatened to post them online unless she sent him more sexually explicit images and videos, the release said.
The girl's father saw the message and contacted EF English first, which then contacted the FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation.
Federal agents sought a search warrant for Baldwin's home in March 2020, during which they found videos Baldwin had made of former Chinese students engaging in sexually explicit acts on Baldwin's computer.
The files also contained a pornographic video called "My First Project," made by Baldwin for a local underage springfield female.
On October 5, 2020, Baldwin pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sexually threatening a minor and one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.
Curtis Baldwin is a former EF employee, according to a statement on EF's official weibo account (@EF) on the early morning of October 23, 2020. The company terminated Baldwin's employment contract with EF in November 2019 for violating the company's code of employee conduct, and Baldwin returned to the United States.
The statement also mentioned that in December 2019, ef was contacted by a parent of a former student who said Baldwin had contacted the student through social media in the US and that the communication may have been illegal.
With the parents' consent, EF North America staff reported the case to us authorities within a week.
Scandals involving foreign teachers have frequently featured in Chinese media in recent years.
For example, in July 2019, ef Education First Xuzhou Center had "several foreign teachers were arrested for drug abuse". In 2013, an American teacher at an international school in Shanghai was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing at least seven children. In 2013, the media broke the news that an American foreign teacher in Nanjing had a record of sexual assault on children, but he had been teaching in China for five years, successively working as a foreign teacher in an English training institution and a university in Nanjing......
The emergence of these "Wolf foreign teachers" highlights the importance of improving the management system of foreign teachers.
In recent years, China has continuously introduced relevant management regulations:
According to the Provisions on the Administration of Employment of Foreigners in China revised by the State on November 12, 2010, among the requirements for employment of foreigners in China, it is clearly required that those employed have no criminal record.
In 2017, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and other departments jointly issued the Notice on the Comprehensive implementation of the Work Permit System for Foreigners in China.
According to the notice, foreign language teachers are classified as "B" foreign professionals and must obtain work permits to work in China.
In 2018, the Ministry of Education and other three departments jointly issued a notice on Improving Some Working Mechanisms for Special Governance and Rectification of Off-campus Training Institutions, which stipulates that "online training institutions must publicize teachers' names, photos, shifts and certificate numbers in a prominent position on their websites." However, at present, most training institutions have not made clear and open marks on their foreign teacher qualifications.
On July 21, 2020, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly formulated the Measures for the Appointment and Administration of Foreign Teachers (Draft For Public Comments) on the basis of in-depth study and extensive consultation.
According to the document, foreign teachers should abide by Chinese laws and regulations, and abide by China's public order, good customs and professional ethics. Foreign teachers shall possess the educational qualifications and teaching skills necessary for engaging in educational work; Foreign teachers shall be physically and mentally healthy and have good conduct, with no criminal record, no history of infectious diseases and mental disorders, no acts of sexual harassment, injecting drug use, long-term dependence on psychotropic drugs and other diseases and behaviors that may affect the safety and physical and mental health of students.