Police arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion he molested a seven-year-old schoolboy who was returning home from a visit to his grandmother in Sau Mau Ping.
The man, surnamed Lam, admitted to the crime, police said, adding that he might also be involved in two other cases, in which two girls were sexually assaulted separately in Kowloon East in November last year, Apple Daily reports.
In the latest incident, which took place on Sunday afternoon, a second-grade student was on his way home after visiting his grandmother who lives nearby.
The suspect allegedly approached the boy on Shun Chi Street and told him: “Your grandmother asked me to take you home.”
The boy went with the suspect, who took him to a staircase at the back of Shun Lee Estate Community Center and molested him.
Because the boy did not come home on time, his mother called his phone number.
As she was speaking, she heard a man talking in the background and got disconnected. She called again but no one answered.
She started to get worried and called the police.
Minutes later, she and her husband went out to look for their son. She phoned him again, and this time the boy answered and told his parents where to find him.
Police arrived later and interviewed the boy.
Investigators reviewed the footage from security cameras in the neighborhood, and were able to locate the suspect.
They arrested him in his flat at Shun On Estate on Tuesday night.
Investigation showed that the suspect, who lived alone in his flat, had been arrested at least four times in the past on suspicion of child molestation and several more times for alleged theft.
Chief Inspector Cheung Ting-fung of the Sau Mau Ping Police District called on parents to always pay attention to the safety of their children.
Fu Pik-chun, a member of Kwun Tong District Council, said she was shocked at the incident because she had never thought such cases could happen in the district, Ming Pao Daily reported.
She urged parents to always remind their children not to go with strangers under any circumstances.
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