Hong Kong school technician, 35, arrested over indecent assault and upskirt photos of pupils
Police source says there are up to five victims, aged between 12 and 13, as school issues letter to parents mentioning an ‘unpleasant incident’
A technician at a Hong Kong international school has been arrested after he was suspected of indecently assaulting female secondary pupils and taking upskirt photos of them.
A spokeswoman for Yew Chung International School confirmed on Friday that a letter had been sent to parents the night before. An image of the document, earlier circulated online by local media, revealed that an “unpleasant incident” had occurred at the Kowloon Tong campus.
A police source said the 35-year-old man had up to five victims, aged 12 and 13. One of them had given a statement to authorities.
The source said the suspect was a technician from the school’s arts and design department, and there had been complaints that he had touched pupils inappropriately.
Police said a staff member of the school had made a report about a male employee suspected of indecently assaulting pupils and taking upskirt photos of them.
After a preliminary investigation, officers arrested the man in Kowloon City on Thursday on suspicion of access to a computer with dishonest intent and indecent assault.
On Friday afternoon, he was still being detained for inquiries.
The school letter to parents stated: “The involved staff was suspended by the school immediately and banned from entering the campus. If the case is substantiated, [he] would be dismissed permanently.
“The school has immediately launched an investigation and submitted information collected to police.”
The school also said identities of the pupils involved, as well as their families, would be kept confidential.
“The school will provide counselling and emotional support to any pupils in need.”
A spokesman for the Education Bureau said: “The bureau is aware that the school has activated its crisis management team to handle the incident. Corresponding arrangements have been made to ensure a safe learning environment for pupils.”
He said the bureau “would not comment” on the case as police investigations were under way, but it would keep in close contact with the school and follow up on the situation.
Last October, a male teacher was suspended after being arrested over indecent assault on a pupil at a Tin Shui Wai secondary school.
Additional reporting by Christy Leung