BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested an American teacher on suspicion of molesting six children at a school in Shanghai.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported late Thursday that the prosecutors in the Pudong district of Shanghai approved the arrest of a 32-year-old man from the United States named David McMahon on charges of child molestation.

Xinhua says McMahon is suspected of molesting six children, aged 6 to 10, who are all foreign nationals.

Shanghai police said earlier McMahon had been detained May 13, the day after one of the children and her parents reported to police that she had been molested by McMahon several times.

The case surfaces at a time when China has been grappling with a recent spate of child sex abuse cases allegedly involving school teachers or employees.

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