Indecent assault charge withdrawn against Renaissance College teacher
A teacher accused of assaulting a woman during the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in March was put on a one-year bond in Eastern Court yesterday.
Matthew McManaway's charge of indecent assault was withdrawn, and he was bound over for HK$1,000.
The HK$1,000 bond would be returned to the Renaissance College teacher if he maintained good behaviour during the year, the court said.
McManaway, 30, admitted to bumping a woman from behind with his pelvis while they were waiting at the entrance of the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday, March 23.
The two did not know each other. McManaway was under the influence of alcohol at the time, the court heard.
Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai called it "quite a serious act of indecent assault" and said that as "a teacher, you should know better".
McManaway is employed as a Primary Years Programme teacher at Renaissance College in Hong Kong.
The college's website describes the school as providing "a world-class, English-medium education from Year 1 to Year 13 on a single campus".
Renaissance College is an International Baccalaureate World School.
It is a private independent school operated by ESF Educational Services Limited (ESL), an affiliated company of the English Schools Foundation.
A spokeswoman for ESL said: "Since the case has been withdrawn already we believe it is a personal matter now and has no implication on [McManaway's] employment with the college."