Date
4 December 2016
Cheung Kin-wah is escorted by the police after his arrest for suspected indecent assault.
Photo: tvb.com, RTHK
Cheung Kin-wah is escorted by the police after his arrest for suspected indecent assault. Photo: tvb.com, RTHK

Former rehab chief arrested for indecent assault

A former rehabilitation center director has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, just weeks after being cleared by the police of having unlawful sex with a disabled resident.

Cheung Kin-wah, former director of private home operator Bridge of Rehabilitation Co., was detained after he was accused of indecently assaulting a minor in 1986, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. 

The police made the arrest after receiving a report last month from a 41-year-old woman who claimed she was molested by a man when she was in elementary school. 

Investigations led the police to Cheung, 55.

After his arrest, Cheung was taken by officers to his home in Tseung Kwan O where they conducted a search. Cheung remained in custody Monday while investigations continued.

Last month, the police dropped charges of unlawful sex against Cheung, saying his victim, a mentally disabled woman he allegedly molested in 2014, was unfit to testify.

The move sparked public anger. The Social Welfare Department later decided to close the rehabilitation center but said the action was unrelated to the incident.

Cheung was also acquitted of two molestation charges involving two mentally disabled residents in 2002 after the courts ruled the victims’ testimonies contradictory.

Cheung has denied all charges.

On Oct. 23, thousands took to the streets to demand tighter monitoring of care homes for the disabled and stricter regulations.

Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu, who has been following sex scandals involving Cheung, said the arrest showed justice has been served for some of Cheung’s victims.

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