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Teacher suspended from Hong Kong school following sexual assault allegations

Staff member at a Tin Shui Wai secondary school was arrested earlier this year

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 October, 2017, 8:02am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 October, 2017, 3:40pm

A male teacher has been suspended from duty after he was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of indecently assaulting a student at a Tin Shui Wai secondary school.

A statement from Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College on Monday said a report was made by a student on May 11 about the “inappropriate conduct” of a teacher.

The school immediately contacted the girl and her parents to learn more and provide assistance and counselling.

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Police were alerted and the school has notified the Education Bureau, it added.

And the school board also decided to suspend the teacher from duty and barred him from entering the campus from September 30.

A police spokesman confirmed it had received a report from a government department on May 12 about a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly indecently assaulted.

A 42-year-old man was arrested in Yuen Long on May 16 for indecent assault and accessing to computer with criminal or dishonest intent.

He was later released on bail and must report to police this month.

The New Territories North regional crime unit is handling the case.

“The school would not comment on the case, which is being handled by the concerned departments,” the statement said, adding that it had been striving to create a caring and safe learning environment with clear and stringent requirements for teachers’ professional conduct.

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The teacher was said to have touched the student in the school and sent her phone messages with sexual implications.

He was also said to have brought the girl to go to his home for English tutorials multiple times and talked about sex.

He was still working for the school when the academic year began last month.

When being asked whether the school was handling the case correctly to allow the teacher to work in the school, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said on Saturday the bureau was in contact with the school and he was very concerned about safety.

The Education Bureau said on Monday it had been notified by the school, which had established a crisis management team.

It said schools could consider, according to the nature of a case, suspending the duties of a teacher if a criminal investigation involving the person was being conducted to ensure the students’ safety.