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Indonesian court sentences Canadian teacher to 10-year jail term on child rape allegations

  • Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman sits on the defendant's chair prior to the start of his trial hearing at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. An Indonesian court has sentenced the Canadian teacher to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman sits on the defendant's chair prior to the start of his trial hearing at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. An Indonesian court has sentenced the Canadian teacher to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, center, hugged by his wife Tracy,  after his trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. An Indonesian court has sentenced Bantleman to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, center, hugged by his wife Tracy, after his trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. An Indonesian court has sentenced Bantleman to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, left, stands inside a holding cell while his wife Tracy talks to journalists after his trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. An Indonesian court has sentenced Bantleman to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, left, stands inside a holding cell while his wife Tracy talks to journalists after his trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. An Indonesian court has sentenced Bantleman to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)  (The Associated Press)

An Indonesian court has sentenced a Canadian teacher to 10 years in jail on charges of sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school.

The South Jakarta District Court convicted Neil Bantleman on Thursday of violating Indonesia's Child Protection Law and Criminal Code.

Bantleman, who was arrested last July, pleaded innocent to the accusation that he sexually abused three kindergartners at the Jakarta Intercultural School and said he would appeal the ruling. The parents of one of the children have sued the school for $125 million.

The three-judge panel also ordered 45-year-old Bantleman to pay a fine of approximately $7,700 or serve six more months in jail.

The school is attended by children of foreign diplomats, expatiates and Indonesia's elite. It has 2,400 students from about 60 countries.