A police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after complaints that he entered a female changing room.
The incident happened on Dec. 30 in the New Territories North Police District, RTHK reports.
The officer is in his twenties and joined the force about five years ago, according to Apple Daily.
He was on duty at the station’s armory when the incident occurred.
He allegedly entered the female changing room, which requires a password, on Friday, surprising two female colleagues who were inside.
The man said he was going to the men’s toilet after feeling unwell and entered the female changing room by mistake.
The female officers reported the incident to their superiors.
Officials said they take these matters seriously, adding they have launched an investigation.
A WhatsApp message that has gone viral suggested that there were five female officers taking a shower at the time.
But Liu Ching-tat, chairman for the New Territories North District of the Junior Police Officers’ Association, said that some of the content in the WhatsApp message was incorrect after a check.
Liu said a disciplinary hearing will be conducted but officials want the investigation to be low-profile.
Senior barrister Albert Luk said charges such as loitering and misconduct in public might not be applicable in this case as police headquarters are private premises.
However, if it can be proven that the suspect was carrying a smartphone to potentially take pictures or videos inside the female changing room, he could be charged with access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent.
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