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Abduction suspect viewed sexual fetish website
    2017-July-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A WEBSITE that hosted an “Abduction 101” forum linked to a 28-year-old U.S. suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois bills itself as the most popular sexual fetish networking site on the Internet — and it has faced pressure in recent months to be clearer about not tolerating behavior that could be regarded as criminal.

Brendt Allen Christensen, who earned a master’s degree in physics from University of Illinois this year, is charged in the June 9 abduction of 26-year-old Zhang Yingying, who investigators believe to be dead.

The federal complaint says Christensen’s phone was used April 19 to visit the FetLife.com forum, including to view threads titled “Perfect abduction fantasy” and “planning a kidnapping.”

Christensen, who is from neighboring Champaign, was arrested Friday after agents monitoring him heard him tell someone he had kidnapped Zhang and held her against her will.

FetLife early this year decided to prohibit hundreds of fetish categories after it was cited in a few criminal cases.

As of Sunday, however, the site still included multiple forums focused on abduction fantasies, and an “Abduction Play” group had more than 78,000 FetLife members expressing interest in the topic.

Authorities say Christensen kidnapped Zhang during the day as she headed to sign a lease for an apartment and was running late. She tried unsuccessfully to flag down a bus, and minutes later, is seen getting into a Saturn Astra the complaint says belonged to Christensen. While authorities say facts in the case indicate Zhang isn’t alive, a body hasn’t been found.

Zhang’s father traveled from China to Illinois in June for the search. Zhang, who received her master’s degree in environmental engineering in China last year, was described by friends and family as bright and caring. She aspired to one day land a professorship so she could help her family financially.

Christensen originally planned to earn a doctorate degree, but told his graduate adviser in 2016 he had changed his mind. He didn’t say why, and Christensen continued taking classes and teaching as a graduate assistant. He earned his master’s degree in mid-May.

Hong Lei, China’s general consul in Chicago, visited Zhang’s family Saturday when he expressed condolences. Hong condemned the cruelty by the suspect and urged the U.S. judicial system to hold a fair trial and mete out harsh punishment to the man charged in the case.

Some 5,600 Chinese students are enrolled at the University of Illinois — more than at any other college in the U.S. — and Zhang’s disappearance fed anxieties of families of Chinese students studying in the nation.

Meanwhile, the charges came as a shock to some who knew Christensen at the university.

Former classmate Souvik Dutta said he was “dumbfounded” by the news, recalling Christensen as “very calm.”

Others who lived in the same apartment complex have since come out to describe him as “creepy.”

Alyssa Patterson told the News Gazette she remembered his distinct walk and gait.

“He is really quiet. It’s creepy, how he walked, how he held himself,” she said following his arrest. (SD-Agencies)

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