Janitor on trial in Jakarta rape case

Child sexual abuse suspect Agun Iskandar, center, is escorted by security officers upon arrival for his trial at district court in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Child sexual abuse suspect Agun Iskandar, center, is escorted by security officers upon arrival for his trial at district court in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

JAKARTA: 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.

An American who taught at the Jakarta International School for 10 years killed himself earlier this year as the FBI was investigating evidence that he sexually abused scores of teen boys while working at 10 schools across four continents.

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.

A media horde surrounded Agun Iskandar, 25, as he entered the courtroom. The remaining four suspects were expected to appear in court Wednesday, and the men could face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty. The 6-year-old boy’s parents have sued the school, seeking $125 million in compensation.

 
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