Sluggish suspension for HK teacher suspected of sexual assault

Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College

FOUR months after police arrested a teacher suspected of sexually assaulting a student, a Tin Shui Wai secondary school finally saw fit last week to suspend the man, who allegedly used private “English tutorials” to discuss sex with the 15-year-old pupil.

According to a report from the SCMP, the 42-year-old was arrested May 16 in Yuen Long after a complaint from his alleged victim’s parents and released on bail as police investigated the case.

As the school year got underway last month, some were shocked, however, to find the man continuing to work at the school.

The teacher from Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College allegedly touched the girl inappropriately at school, sent her phone messages with sexual implications, and gave the student multiple “English tutorials” at his home – where he was said to have talked of sex.

Asked about the case on Saturday, Secretary of Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the Education Bureau was “very concerned” about safety and had been in contact with the school.

In a statement released on Monday, the school said the man had been suspended from his duties and barred from entering the campus from September 30.

It said the girl had been offered assistance and counselling.

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