UPDATE, 2/20/13, 2:47 am: On February 15, Robert McDowell emailed us his side of the story: that he was drugged, a fact that “everyone knows.” He claimed the girl confessed. “If I was a rapist then I would be in jail right now,” he wrote.
We’ve removed the image of him first found on The Nanfang.
Pictured is Robert Dean McDowell, an American in Shenzhen who’s being investigated for rape, as announced yesterday by the Nanhu Police Station in Shenzhen’s Luohu District, reported by Shenzhen Daily.
The alleged rape of a Chinese 16-year-old girl, whom McDowell is said to have gotten drunk, happened on September 23. We’re not sure why this is only now being reported, but nonetheless, Shenzhen Daily again:
According to Chinese law, raping a girl younger than 14 is statutory rape. But penalties for raping a girl younger than 18 also are more severe than those for raping an adult.
The case was transferred to the criminal investigation department because of McDowell’s status as a foreigner and more details could not be released, police said.
Several expatriates who knew McDowell and refused to be identified said he had lived in cities including Shenzhen and Dongguan for years, and very often hung out at bars and clubs in the Guomao area. His line of work involved trade between Shenzhen and the United States.
This incident will not be helping trade between Shenzhen and the United States. We will probably be hearing more about this McDowell figure, much to our dismay. His alleged crime is somewhat much worse than random assault and carjacking.
(H/T The Nanfang)