A court in Long An Province sent the vice chairman of a commune elders’ association to prison on Thursday for impregnating a 13-year-old lottery ticket vendor.
Bui Van Dang, 62, was sentenced to five years in jail for impregnating a minor.
His victim, identified only as P., was selling lottery tickets on the street when Dang asked her to come into his house in the middle of last year. Once inside, he bought five tickets and "persuaded" her to have sex with him, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
At the time of the incident, Dang sat on the board of the Hung Dien B Commune Elder's Association in Tan Hung District.
The girl’s family called police five months later, after they noticed her belly growing. An ultrasound scan revealed she was pregnant. Only then did P. expose Dang’s abuse, saying he had asked her not to scream.
It remains unclear why Dang was not charged with rape.
When confronted by police, Dang admitted to paternity and resigned from his official post.
During his trial, he later demanded a DNA test.
The proceedings were suspended, on May 29, pending the results, which recently confirmed he was the father of P's child.
P.’s family said they believed Dang deserves a heavier punishment and they plan to file an appeal.
Impregnating a minor (aged 13-16 years old) carries a prison sentence of 3-10 years; copulating with a minor (who does not become pregnant) carries a sentence of 1-5 years.