Former HOD Clarence Hoe Found Innocent After Being Accused Of Indecent Acts Against 2 Boys
A 40-year-old former school teacher was acquitted of three charges under the Children and Young Persons Act on Wednesday (20 Sept). The ex-primary school head of department was accused of inappropriately touching two boys, then aged 13 and 14 in 2012.
District Judge John Ng said that it was likely the two boys had conspired to falsely accuse their former teacher, as the then 13-year-old was unable to provide sufficient evidence to prove the acts were committed. Meanwhile, the accused was able provide adequate evidence to raise doubts in the case against him.
The case was originally brought to court in 2014, as seen from the a report dated 3 years ago, which reported on his charge for the indecent acts.
But had the time spent being labelled a pedophile since then already caused irreparable harm?
Has his fate already been sealed?
Interestingly, the name of the teacher was not revealed in the recent article. Why? Perhaps to keep the identity of the students private? So we took a look at the original article from 3 years ago. Lo and behold, the teacher was named then.
The person in question is Mr Clarence Hoe King Chuan.
And since he was accused, he has been subjected to countless scrutiny on social media and discussion boards.
He even had his personal details and resume released by online “vigilantes”.
Even though he had recently been declared innocent, has his fate already been sealed?
After all, he essentially spent the past 3 years being known as a child molester. Notoriety like that cannot be easily wiped away, especially when it comes to others’ impression of him.
The article reporting his charges also mentioned that he was unemployed in 2014. Safe to say, his career in teaching is dead in the water.
How we are certain of Mr Hoe’s innocence
Which is why we here at MustShareNews would like to spread word of Mr Hoe’s innocence, given that his identity had not been included in the report.
Comparing both articles from the mainstream media regarding the incident, we found that the ages of the accused had accurately corresponded with the amount of years passed. Mr Hoe was first charged when he was 37, he was then acquitted when he was 40.
Likewise, the ages of the 2 teenage boys were consistent in both reports.
Furthermore, description of the crime in both articles were virtually similar.
Hence, it is highly likely that Mr Hoe was the one that had been acquitted of his charges.
Netizens calling for justice
Needless to say, netizens were infuriated over the injustice when news of his innocence broke.
With many questioning whether this outcome would revitalise his teaching career.
Some even called for the boys to be punished after the damage they had caused.
Whether or not action will be taken against the boys remain to be seen.
Career and future gone in an instant
If any of our readers are in a similar line of work, do be reminded not to place yourselves in a situation of disadvantage as one wrong move could cost your career and future. Just take a look at Mr Hoe, who became unemployed after the alleged incident, and had his name dragged through the mud on the internet.
Despite recent revelations, it’s likely that he will still be known for the false accusations, and won’t be allowed back into a teaching position any time soon.
Too often, when reports of such incidents happen, the accused are named and assumed as convicted, even when legal proceedings haven’t even taken place. Perhaps this should serve as a reminder to presume innocence until guilt is proven.
Featured image from St Francis Methodist School.