A part-time masseur who indecently assaulted a 16-year-old student during a massage was jailed for 12 months in Hong Kong’s District Court on Wednesday.
Passing sentence, judge Timothy Casewell stated that the case involved a breach of trust.
The youth of the victim was a factor he needed to consider, the judge added.
Li Tak-shing, 64, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault.
On April 24, he provided massage service for the secondary school student, who cannot be named in order to protect her identity, at a parlour in Fu Fai Garden, Ma On Shan.
The victim had asked for a head, shoulder and neck massage after a revision session at a nearby library. But Li offered to give her back an oil massage, and told her to remove her blouse and unbuckle her bra so that they would not get in the way.
He moved on to massage her legs and waist before removing her skirt.
The court heard the girl had found it strange at the time, but did not know how to respond as it was her first massage.
She got scared when Li went on to touch her breasts and genitals after suddenly removing her underpants despite her attempts to pull them up.
She shouted that it was painful and said “no”, but the ordeal continued for five more minutes.
Li offered to provide another session following the 45-minute massage.
The girl ignored him. She paid HK$180 for the service and left quickly.
The incident was reported to police two hours later when the girl’s father found her crying and saying that she was scared.
Before sentencing Li, the judge had asked for the masseur’s psychological and medical reports.
In mitigation, Li said he was in poor health and that he was unlikely to reoffend.
The father of two daughters added that his family supported him.