Law enforcement apprehends social media influencer suspected of raping and sexually assaulting at least six women

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The suspect Tse was arrested.

21st April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong law enforcement agencies have recently been alerted to reports on various social media platforms regarding a male individual suspected of using deception or coercion to engage in sexual activities with several local young women. Promptly recognizing the gravity of the situation, authorities initiated an investigation and made contact with the victims who came forward with their complaints on 18th April. Simultaneously, they successfully identified and apprehended the suspect at the Lok Ma Chau Control Point on the following day (19th).

Investigators have reason to believe that the suspect was on the verge of escaping Hong Kong when he was intercepted, fearing the exposure of his alleged crimes. The arrested individual, a 29-year-old man named Tse, is accused of subjecting local women to sexual acts or indecent behaviour in his private residence and rental units between 2017 and 2024. Some victims also suspect that their possessions were stolen during these encounters, with indications of potential unauthorised filming or coerced photography.

To date, law enforcement has received a total of six reports from local women aged between 18 and 25. Based on the ongoing investigation, the suspect has been arrested on charges of “coercing others into engaging in unlawful sexual acts,” “rape,” “indecent assault,” and “voyeurism.” Furthermore, after extensive follow-up inquiries, another woman surnamed Tsang (59 years old) was apprehended in the Sheung Shui area last night (19th) on suspicion of theft. She is believed to be connected to one of the cases involving the arrested male suspect. The authorities have also seized the arrested man’s mobile phone and computer, but due to the nature of the case, it is currently undisclosed whether any incriminating videos or photos exist. It is worth noting that none of the victims involved in the incidents were underage at the time of the offences.

Officials indicate that after several days of investigation, they are confident they have gathered sufficient evidence to prosecute the arrested male suspect. He has been provisionally charged with one count of “coercion into engaging in unlawful sexual acts,” two counts of “rape,” and one count of “indecent assault.” The case is scheduled to be presented in Fanling Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the 22nd. The arrested woman remains in custody pending further investigation.

Law enforcement officials believe that the number of actual victims may exceed the current number of reported cases. They urge the public to understand that it is never too late to report sexual offences. Even if victims initially hesitate to come forward due to various reasons such as fear or reluctance to confide in others, the department assures that they will make every effort to thoroughly investigate the cases and provide appropriate support to ensure the confidentiality of the victims’ information.

According to sources, the arrested individual is a pet influencer and key opinion leader (KOL) with a substantial following of over ten thousand fans on social media platforms. It is alleged that he would lure victims to his residence under the pretence of viewing his pets before taking advantage of them.