Police have arrested seven students from a prestigious secondary school in Stanley after secret camcorders were found on the campus.
The suspects, aged 15 or 16, were charged with “access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent”, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
All were granted bail and told to report to police in mid-April.
Police said they received a report from an employee of St. Stephen’s College that on March 24 he had uncovered several camcorders secretly installed in changing rooms of the gymnasium and swimming pool, as well as in several classrooms.
St. Stephen’s College is a Christian direct subsidy co-educational secondary school.
Investigations led the police to the seven students. The case has been handed to the crime unit of the Western District police station.
A source said the camcorders had taken photos of quite a number of students because the gadgets had been installed for quite some time.
The police are trying to figure out exactly how many students have been victimized.
School principal Carol Yang did not respond to an inquiry from Apple Daily, saying she would not answer any questions until Wednesday when the school reopens after a holiday. Security guards at the school also refused to talk about the case.
In a notice to parents on March 28, the school did not reveal the identities of the seven students but said they have been suspended.
The Education Bureau said it will stay in close touch with the school and provide the necessary support but it would not comment on the case because it is under investigation.
St. Stephen’s College, founded in 1903, is the largest secondary school in Hong Kong. It covers an area of 15 hectares.
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