Date
26 March 2017
The six-year-old student told the court how the defendant held her hand to touch his private parts for three seconds during class. Photo: RTHK
The six-year-old student told the court how the defendant held her hand to touch his private parts for three seconds during class. Photo: RTHK

Teacher jailed for asking student to touch his private parts

A 53-year-old British-born English teacher was found guilty of one count of indecent conduct towards a child under 16 and sentenced to three months in jail on Monday. 

John Frederick Gaffney, who holds a Singaporean passport, was accused of asking a six-year-old girl, a primary one student, to touch his private parts during class, news website hk01.com reports.

The incident happened at a tutorial center in Tsing Yi on March 24 last year.

Gaffney was fired by his employer after he was arrested.

The court heard that he held the victim’s hand to touch his private parts for three seconds.

The victim, referred to as Y, told the court how she was made to stand next to the defendant during a class and the defendant held her left hand to touch his private parts for “wee wee”, Apple Daily reported.

The defense attorney submitted six letters to plead for leniency from the court, saying that Gaffney is a good teacher and of a kind nature.

One of the letters came from a friend who said they are willing to let the defendant look after their children, the lawyer said.

Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung said the defendant had violated the trust of his students, employer and colleagues, and the case was a serious one.

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