An 11-year-old boy was arrested in Ma On Shan on Sunday after he was accused of taking nude photos of a girl from his school after forcing her to undress.
The boy, whose identity has not been revealed, was charged with “access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent”, Headline Daily reports.
According to the paper, the case came to light after a pupil at an elementary school in Ho Man Tin approached a teacher and reported that nude photos of a girl were being circulated among students.
It was found that the photos were of a girl, aged 11, who was studying at the school, and that they were taken by a boy studying at the same institution, though in a different class.
School authorities, rather than informing the police immediately, are believed to have called the parents of the boy and the girl for a meeting as they sought to deal with the matter.
It was only later when they realized the seriousness of the situation that the police were brought into the picture, according to the report.
Following the complaint, the schoolboy was arrested Sunday night.
It is suspected that the boy had coerced the girl to undress in order to take nude photographs.
According to reports, the photos were not taken on campus and the boy and the girl were not romantically involved.
The crime unit of the Kowloon City Police District, which is in charge of the case, is trying to find out if the boy had victimized other girls in the same manner, besides the 11-year-old schoolmate.
An Education Bureau spokesman said the authority will keep close contact with the Ho Man Tin elementary school as an investigation continues. He declined to offer further comments on the case.
Calling the incident serious and shocking, lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, who represents the education functional constituency, slammed the school for not reporting the matter to the police immediately, Apple Daily reports.
The boy’s motive needs to be studied, Ip said, adding that it is also important to determine whether there are other such perpetrators and victims.
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