Hong Kong schools

Police look into allegations two sisters were sexually abused at Hong Kong secondary school

Sisters aged 17 and 18, made separate reports to police claiming they had been sexually harassed and indecently assaulted by 40-year-old teacher

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 September, 2017, 9:04pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 September, 2017, 10:50pm

Police are looking into claims a male teacher molested a pair of sisters who study at a secondary school in Sham Shui Po and are investigating whether more victims were involved.

The revelation came after two pupils, aged 17 and 18, came forward and told their stories last week. The duo claimed that they had been separately sexually harassed and indecently assaulted by a 40-year-old teacher from the school – which the Post is not naming to protect the pair’s identity – over a period of time.

A police source familiar with the investigation told the Post that the pair were sisters and made reports to the force separately in June and July. They did not know about each other’s experience with the teacher until they filed the report.

“The elder sister moved to this school in 2013 to study in Form 3. She claimed that her class teacher at the time took her to lunch in Kwai Fong during the summer break in 2014. He then drove her to the view point of Lantau Link,” the insider said. “She then said that [the teacher] touched her face and held her hand and told her that he liked her. She was 15 at the time.”

The elder sister talked about the incident with her teachers and schoolmates in late June this year and was told to call the police.

Officers arrested the teacher for indecent assault of a person under the age 16 on July 18. On the same day, the younger sister also made a report to the police, claiming she was also molested by the same teacher.

“She claimed the teacher drove her home once, between 2016 and this year. She said he touched her breasts in the car and held her hand to his genitals,” the source said.

In a statement on Monday, the principal of the school said there had been complaints of misconduct from pupils in late June and the teacher had been immediately suspended.

“The students reported [the case] to the police in the company of our social worker and teachers. We also reported it to the Education Bureau,” the statement read, adding that the teacher had resigned in mid-July.

The police insider said the man claimed he was still a teacher when he was arrested last Friday, as the new academic year began. News reports claimed the teacher had been hired by another school, while the insider said otherwise.

A spokesman for the Education Bureau did not say whether the man had been teaching anywhere else, only that it had been in close contact with the school involved and was providing support.

The bureau also reminded schools to ask prospective employees to undergo checks with the Sexual Conviction Record Check scheme.

“Teachers should also report to school if he or she is under investigation over a serious crime during a period of employment, even if there has not been conviction yet,” the spokesman said.