Trial Starts for Indonesian School Janitor Accused of Raping Kindergarten Boy

Indonesia Credit UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) A closed-door trial began Tuesday for the first of five janitors accused of raping a kindergartner in a bathroom at a prestigious international school in Indonesia that is facing a storm of controversy following more abuse allegations.

The custodians contracted to work at the school were arrested in April — five men accused of attacking the boy and a woman accused as an accomplice. Police said one man committed suicide while in custody after drinking bathroom cleanser.

The school was shaken earlier this year in an unrelated case after news surfaced that William Vahey, an American who taught there from 1992 to 2002, killed himself as the FBI was investigating evidence that he may have sexually abused scores of teen boys during a 40-year career at 10 international schools across four continents. However, there have been no allegations that he molested any students in Indonesia.

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