Canadian teacher charged with indecent assault of pupils
Girls aged six complained to their parents that the defendant, 56, touched their bodies in the classroom; teacher released on bail by court
A foreign English teacher appeared in Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Monday after being charged with indecently assaulting two children at a kindergarten in Sham Shui Po.
Defendant Johnson Robert Scott, a 56-year-old Canadian national who is a Hong Kong permanent resident, was arrested on Friday after police received reports that he indecently assaulted two girls aged six in HKYWCA Chiu Oi Wah Nursery School in Un Chau Estate, Sing Pao reported.
It was understood that the victims complained to their parents that the defendant touched their bodies in the classroom on Friday, the last school day before the summer holidays.
Police will further investigate the case and check the defendant’s mobile phone to see if it may have clues about more victims.
The case was adjourned until August 27 and the defendant released on bail of HK$5,000 (US$637). He was ordered not to leave Hong Kong and to report to the police regularly.
The teacher was also forbidden from going to the kindergarten in question or contacting prosecution witnesses.
Scott has taught in Hong Kong since 2001 and had worked for the kindergarten for three years, Sing Tao Daily reported.