Doctor who blamed mother for upskirt photo penchant has license suspended

Wong Chi-chung outside the Hong Kong Medical Council, where he had his medical license suspended for four months after he pleaded guilty to taking upskirt photos and videos of nurses at Tuen Mun Hospital. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.

A doctor who last year pleaded guilty to taking upskirt photos of nurses at the hospital where he worked will have his medical license suspended — but for only four months.

The Hong Kong Medical Council made the decision, which will include a year of probation, at a hearing held Monday, Ming Pao reported yesterday.

The doctor at the center of the hearing, 30-year-old Wong Chi-chung, pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an act outraging public decency when he appeared at Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court in May last year.

Wong was fired from his job at Tuen Mun Hospital shortly after the upskirt photo incident came to light, then subsequently resigned from a role at a charity organization because of the ongoing court case.

He’s since started a new job, though it was unclear whether or not it involved practicing medicine.

Wong’s novel defense of his actions back in May was that the upskirt photos and subsequent dismissal had all been part of a grand plan to lose his license in a bid to get back at an overbearing mother.

According to Apple Daily, the court heard that Wong had grown up in a single-parent household, and that his mother — an orphan from the mainland — put a lot of pressure on him to succeed.

She also took 90 percent of his income and constantly interfered with his dating life. A psychiatrist’s report submitted to the court stated that Wong suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe depression after the mother pressured his girlfriend, a nurse, into having an abortion.

A lawyer at Monday’s council’s hearing cited psychiatric reports saying that Wong was now fully rehabilitated, and is fit to continue his career as a physician.

His defense team pointed out that he is now happily married to (presumably) the aforementioned girlfriend, with whom he has an 8-month-old son. They also presented a seven-page letter from classmates and former colleagues saying that, although he wasn’t very social and “didn’t smile a lot,”Wong was a very diligent doctor and cared for his patients.

According to Ming Pao, the Medical Council were convinced that the chances of Wong committing another crime is low, hence the four-month suspension and probation.

A psychiatrist will be appointed to monitor Wong during his probationary period, and they will send a report directly to the council’s chairman, Joseph Lau, every six months. So … twice.

Wong was charged in 2016 after police found 69 upskirt videos on his phone, taken between June 7 and 12, 2015. That’s right, 69 videos in six days.

Wong was spared jail time, and instead ordered to do 160 hours of community service.

According to a court report from The Standard at the time, a lawyer representing Wong said the defendant apologized to the victims, and that his mother understood she was partly responsible for what happened.

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