A 66-year-old retired teacher has been arrested after a mother accused him of molesting her 11-year-old daughter during a tutoring session.
Police said the girl told her mother that the man, surnamed Wong, touched her breast and private parts against her will on Nov. 16 while he was helping her with schoolwork at her residence in Tseung Kwan O, Headline Daily reports.
Only the girl and a maid were at home at the time.
Considering her daughter’s revelation very serious, the mother reported it to the police.
Wong was arrested on Wednesday when he came back to the girl’s residence for another tutoring session. He has been tutoring the girl for two years.
A criminal investigation team from the Kwun Tong Police District is handling the case, which has been listed as indecent assault.
According to news website hk01.com, Wong had been involved in a similar case in April 2010, when he was accused of indecently assaulting a 16-year-old student of his.
A judge later found him guilty of the crime and sentenced him to two months’ imprisonment.
Tam Tsz-yan, director general of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation, said the current mechanism for sexual conviction record check is flawed because it does not cover tutors or teachers at cram schools, leaving many students vulnerable.
Tam said her foundation is urging the Security Bureau to revise the mechanism and expand its coverage as soon as possible.
She also advised parents to pay close attention to their children to see if they show emotional or behavioral changes, like reluctance to go to school or loss of appetite, as such could be signs of victimization.
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