A senior police constable yesterday denied he had molested a five-year-old girl who was put under his foster care. The constable, 44, who has served in the Hong Kong Police Force for 26 years, pleaded not guilty before Deputy District Court Judge David Thomas to two charges of indecent assault. He has been suspended from police duties. Prosecutor Susanna Ku Pui-fong said the alleged offences happened between July and August last year, in his married quarters in Kwun Tong. The victim was born in August 2000. The Social Welfare Department had arranged for her to live with the constable's family since April 2003 after her parents separated in 2002, and her mother was considered not able to provide adequate care. In her opening statement, Ms Ku said the victim had complained about being indecently assaulted by the constable to her godmother on July 22 last year - when she returned to live with her mother in Kwun Tong for a few days and was being bathed by her godmother. The victim 'burst into tears and showed her unwillingness to return to the foster home' when she made the complaint, said Ms Ku, adding it was reported to the police on July 27 after the victim was later diagnosed with gonorrhoea. The prosecution revealed that the constable and his wife were confirmed to have contracted gonorrhea in July last year. In the police interview, the victim divulged that she had been harassed by the constable twice and she had told his wife. However, the wife had only 'punished' her husband by asking him to stand for five minutes, according to the interview. The constable was later arrested for the sexual offences, and he admitted to the police that he visited a prostitute in July and suspected he had contracted the venereal disease then. The five-year-old victim testified against her foster father in a separate room through a closed-circuit television system. Under cross-examination by defence barrister James McGowan, the victim told the court that she had now moved back to live with her mother, and she did not want to come under the family's foster care any longer. But when Mr McGowan asked the victim to recall the incidents, she said she 'had forgotten it all'. The hearing continues today.