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Senior Chinese monk sacked amid sexual assault accusation

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Master Shi Xuecheng, abbot of the Beijing-based Longquan Temple, has been removed from his post as deputy director of China's national ethnic and religious affairs body amid sexual assault accusations, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The decision was made during the Fourth Session of the 13rd National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, which was convened on November 28-29 in Beijing, Xinhua reported.

The meeting also accepted Xuecheng's resignation as the member of the committee, Xinhua noted.

Xuecheng was accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple female nuns and embezzling funds in early August.

Beijing police have launched an investigation into him, according to earlier reports by state media.

The 51-year-old senior Chinese monk's fall came as the #MeToo movement gained ground in the country.

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