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Sexual harassment and assault

Hong Kong policeman arrested over rape of girl, 14, while out on bail facing sex assault allegations on two others

City’s police face another blow to reputation, with latest case bringing number of arrests involving officers this year to 30

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 3:06pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 11:15pm

A policeman suspended and on bail over indecent assault allegations has been arrested again after being accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in the stairwell of a high-rise building following a “heavy drinking session” in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district.

The 32-year-old detective constable was formerly attached to the Narcotics Bureau.

In May, he was suspended and released on bail following his arrest over allegations he indecently assaulted two girls he had met online. He has been detained as investigations into the most recent case continue.

The latest incident will deepen concerns that the force – which for decades has regarded itself as “Asia’s finest” – is facing an integrity crisis, the recent case bringing the total number of arrests this year involving officers to 30.

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According to sources, on the night of July 21, the officer went for a drink in Lan Kwai Fong with three women, including the 14-year-old. He had met all of them online.

The group “drank heavily”, according to one source, and the detective constable accompanied the girl to her home on a Sha Tin public housing estate. The officer was suspected to have raped the girl in the staircase outside her family home.

When the girl arrived home her mother noticed signs from her dishevelled clothing that she might have been assaulted, at which point the girl told her she “had sex with the man”. The mother then called police.

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Detectives from the New Territories North regional crime unit launched an investigation and the officer was arrested at his home in Kowloon East on Thursday. During the raid on his home, sources said officers discovered the clothes the man wore at the time of the incident.

Separate sources said the same officer had been arrested in May this year on suspicion of indecently assaulting two girls he met online. He was on bail from his arrest in May when the alleged Sha Tin attack took place.

Last month, police Director of Operations Chris Tang Ping-keung revealed that 24 officers were arrested in the first half of the year – compared with only 13 in the same period in 2017 – equivalent to an average of one officer a week. In July, five anti-triad officers were arrested over allegations they staged a crime scene.

Tang said the force was distressed over the increasing number of arrests among its ranks and vowed zero tolerance of any misconduct by officers.

Police had not responded to inquiries about the cases involving the 32-year-old detective constable at press time.