A group of social workers is demanding an investigation into a private rehabilitation center director after the Department of Justice dropped sex assault charges against him.
They want the government to investigate Cheung Kin-wah, director of Bridge of Rehabilitation Co., to determine his suitability for the job.
Also, the Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union wants the Social Welfare Department (SWD) to revoke the company’s operating license.
Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong, a registered social worker, has launched a petition to force the Social Worker’s registration board to hold a disciplinary hearing.
By Monday evening, more than 10,000 people had signed the petition.
Cheung is alleged to have engaged in unlawful sex with a handicapped female resident in August 2014.
But on Friday, the Justice Department dismissed the case, saying the victim is not competent to testify.
The decision drew a backlash from a parents’ group who cited strong circumstantial evidence including Cheung’s semen and genetic material from the victim found in a trash bin in his office.
Bridge of Rehabilitation Center issued a statement Monday night that Cheung was fired immediately after the incident came to light.
It said the High Court has issued a restraining order against Cheung to keep out of the center.
Meanwhile, reports say the center does not have a proper license and has been operating under a waiver from the SWD.
SWD is seeking legal advice on the matter after repeated reminders, Apple Daily reports.
This is not the first time Cheung, a registered social worker, has been involved in sexual assault involving a resident.
In 2002, he was tried for indecent assault on two severely mentally handicapped female wards.
He was found not guilty on the grounds of inconsistent testimony by the plaintiffs.
In the latest case, Cheung had his claim for legal costs rejected by a District Court judge.
Cheung told Ming Pao Daily that the semen found on a tissue paper in his office was the result of a wet dream which came every day.
Gabriel Choi, chairman of the Hong Kong Hong Kong Medical Association, said wet dreams usually occurs in teenagers, not in a person in his fifties, and are unlikely to happen every day.
Choi said Cheung’s claim that the victim’s DNA material found on the tissue paper came from her sweat was “far fetched” and hardly acceptable.
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