Seven students arrested over hidden cameras in changing rooms of Hong Kong school

Seven students arrested over hidden cameras in changing rooms of Hong Kong school

Sources say the equipment has been on-site for ‘more than three months’


St. Stephen's College in Stanley.
Photo: Bruce Yan/SCMP

Seven boys from St Stephen’s College in Stanley have been arrested on suspicion of installing hidden mini-cameras in changing rooms.

Initial investigations indicated the cameras had been set up at the school on Tung Tau Wan Road for more than three months, sources told the Post.

The devices were found in both male and female changing rooms that students use when they have physical education lessons.

Some cameras that could be connected to mobile phones or computers were also found in classrooms, sources said.

School authorities came across a video clip from one of the cameras on the internet and notified police on March 24.

Officers from Western district crime squad apprehended the boy on the same day and six other students – mostly aged 15 – were detained three days later in connection with the incident.

A police insider said at least four cameras were found hidden on campus and officers would most likely inspect computers in the homes of those arrested to collect evidence.

He said an investigation was under way, and officers would consult the Department of Justice.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that a member of staff from a school had made a report.

“After an initial investigation, police arrested seven boys aged between 15 and 16 on suspicion of accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent,” she said.

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All the boys were released on bail pending further investigations and they were required to report back to police later this month.

On Monday, the Education Bureau said it had contacted the school over the incident and that it would provide the latter with any assistance needed.

“As the case is now being handled by police, the bureau will not make any comment,” a spokesman said.

On Monday morning, St Stephen’s College was not available for comment.

A school letter obtained by Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily was sent to parents and guardians, stating that “several students from the college were involved in serious misconduct regarding surreptitious videography in classrooms, the big field changing room and the swimming pool changing room”.

“Parents of affected students have been promptly notified. Students involved in committing the misconduct have been suspended,” the statement further read.

Under the Crimes Ordinance, accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.


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