Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Boss 'Succumbed to Temptation' in Assaulting Teen

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Boss 'Succumbed to Temptation' in Assaulting Teen

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Byline: Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

THE last customers had been served, the fryers in an Ipswich takeaway shop had been turned off and the owner and his teenage employee were about to go home when he sexually assaulted her.

Van Tin Ho, 45, held the 15-year-old girl and tried to kiss her before he pushed her down into a chair and told her she couldn't leave.

She said her father was waiting to pick her up and when she moved towards the door, Ho tried to make her stay by telling her he would buy her a mobile phone.

Ho's mobile phone rang twice during the incident in 2015. Both were missed calls were from his wife.

Feeling "sick and panicked", she ignored him and walked home. The girl later told her friend about the incident and eventually her father and the police.

Ipswich District Court yesterday heard Ho "succumbed to temptation".

In sentencing, Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said Ho "had a position of trust and authority as her boss and being alone in the shop". …

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