A college professor accused of organizing a swingers club and holding private orgies in China was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison,
Ma Yaohai was convicted and sentenced on charges of group licentiousness for participating in group sex parties, said an official.
Ma, along with 21 other people, was arrested and charged last year — the first time anyone has been charged under a 1997 law in a case that has snagged huge public interest with its titillating details. It also generated debate about sexual freedom
in a nation trying to reshape its own modern morality.
Prosecutors had accused Ma, a computer science professor at Nanjing University of Technology, of organizing a swingers club, where members met online and gathered in private homes or hotels for group sex parties.
But Ma had maintained his innocence, arguing that his activities involved consenting adults meeting in nonpublic places.
Ma's attorney Yao Yong'an said his client plans to appeal the verdict.