An English teacher who raped and molested scores of his pupils has appealed his conviction on the grounds that he only did it “for the sake of their education and character development.”
The case concerns 71-year-old English teacher Alan Neil Lamph, a US national and long term resident of Japan, who was found guilty of using his position as a private English tutor to rape two girls aged 11-12 and have a further 13 girls aged 9-16 engage in various obscene acts and nude posing, which he photographed extensively over a period of 6 years.
He received an 18 year prison sentence.
His defence appealed against the guilty verdict, saying he was innocent and only raped and photographed the girls “for the sake of their education and character development.”
Using the same arguments as in the initial trial, they asserted that the girls consented and that his only intent was educational, and hence it was all perfectly legal.
The presiding judge was having none of it, saying “his criminal intent was wicked and his criminal responsibility most grave” and that “his actions were habitual and ingenious – they had absolutely nothing to do with education.”
The judge denied the appeal and upheld the initial verdict saying “he clearly exerted a malign influence over the development of these girls, and the initial verdict was proper.”
Finding anyone who is sympathetic to him is a tall order indeed:
“I’m speechless at his excuse…”
“He’ll die in prison.”
“He’d get life in the US. What’s with our soppy courts?”
“Don’t they rape these people to death in US prisons?”
“If I were one of their parents I’d probably want to make sure he got the death penalty, one way or another.”
“Give him life!!!!”
“8 months a go, pretty light.”