The Hong Kong Police Force has suspended four officers after they were arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The four men, aged between 26 and 27, were detained on Tuesday by the Crime New Territories South Regional Headquarters for allegedly having sex with a girl who was underage at the time of the offence.

Hong Kong Police
Photo: Candice Chau/HKFP.

One was also apprehended on suspicion of sexual assault, while another was additionally suspected of having committed criminal intimidation. The four officers have been suspended and detained for investigation.

The Force said it had zero tolerance for officers who breach the law and pledged to handle the case seriously and conduct criminal investigations and disciplinary reviews.

“The police force attaches great importance to the conduct of its personnel. The police force absolutely does not tolerate any personnel who commits illegal behaviour,” police said.

Sources told local media that three officers were constables stationed at Tsuen Wan Police Station. The fourth was a constable at Kwun Tong Police Station. The 15-year-old secondary student reportedly met the officers via anonymous dating app Heymandi various times since the end of last year.

Tsuen Wan Police station
Tsuen Wan Police Station. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The teenage girl was said to have been in short-term relationships with the four constables and had sex with them in places such as a hotel.

Citing sources, local media reported that the teenager recently had an argument with one of the officers, who verbally threatened her into having sex with him. The girl later told a social worker about the incident, who immediately reported the case to the police.

One of the constables was still under probation and would be fired at once, sources told local media, while the other three may also be sacked immediately owing to the serious nature of the incident.

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Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.