A 53-year-old sex-hungry teacher has landed in trouble after he forced a six-year-old girl left in his care to caress his penis. According to reports, John Gaffney, 53 was found guilty of forcing the six-year-old pupil to touch his private parts during class, news website hk01.com reports. He was charged to court for committing an act of gross indecency with a child under the age of 16 after the alleged incident on March 24. He has since been sacked by the school where he worked as an English tutor following his arrest. He was found guilty by the court and will serve three months in prison following the guilty verdict on Monday.
Reports said that the young victim, who identified the teacher by his name "John", said he put her hand on the part of his body "where people wee" when they were alone at a tutorial centre in Hong Kong.
District court Magistrate, Colin Wong heard six witnesses describe Gaffney as "an educator with a kind heart",and someone "who could be trusted with children".
The defendant's lawyer pleaded for leniency for the teacher and first-time offender, and the Magistrate in the end decided on the three-month sentence, although the start date was not reported.
He added that while the victim was "not permanently damaged" because of her young age and is capable of forgetting the incident, Gaffney had breached the trust of his pupils, employer, and colleagues, and therefore needed to be punished in such a manner.