Hong Kong athlete’s coach charged with indecent assault in #MeToo case
Champion hurdler made allegations of sexual assault in Facebook post last year
A 77-year-old former coach of a champion Hong Kong hurdler has been charged with indecent assault, police said on Friday.
Police arrested the man on January 28 after a woman came forward last year claiming that her former coach had sexually assaulted her.
“After investigating and seeking legal advice, police have decided to charge the man with one count of indecent assault,” a statement from the force said.
The man, who was not named, will appear in Fanling Court on May 4.
In November, a high-profile female hurdler went public in a Facebook post saying she was sexually assaulted by a coach 10 years ago.
She accused her former coach of touching her inappropriately during a massage.
The post was accompanied with a photo of her holding a card with the words “#MeToo” on it, referring to the global hashtag campaign against sexual harassment.
The case sparked a public outcry, shocking many in the sports industry, and prompted Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to weigh in on the case and ask police to follow up on the allegations.
Under Hong Kong law, the maximum punishment for the offence is 10 years in prison.