High Court revokes district court’s ruling in child abuse case

By Chien Li-chung, Wu Sheng-ju and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 - Page 3

The Taiwan High Court on Friday revoked a Shilin District Court’s decision to release a man charged with sexual offenses against an 11-year-old girl on bail and ordered the lower court to hold a new hearing on whether the suspect should be detained.

Ouyang Hsien (歐陽顯), 67, reportedly engaged in sex with a female member of an academy he set up at which time he allegedly also engaged in sexual activities with the woman’s 11-year-old daughter under the pretense of “transferring energy into the female body to improve their health.”

Ouyang is a self-proclaimed guru and founded the Tao Chih Men Living Academy (道之門生活學堂) 10 years ago.

The academy’s name, Tao chih men, means “the gateway to Tao,” but the academy is not Taoist.

The case caused a public outcry when the Shilin court on Dec. 18 released Ouyang and the woman, aged in her 40s, on NT$150,000 and NT$100,000 bail respectively and placed no restriction on their movements including any prohibition on leaving the country.

Child welfare activists said the court had set free a sexual predator and that Ouyang was likely to flee or threaten the child to change her testimony.

Prosecutors appealed the decision, which led to the High Court’s ruling on Friday. It ordered the lower court to hold a new hearing, which is set to take place tomorrow, on whether the suspects should be detained.

According to police reports, Ouyang installed himself as the Sijhih District (汐止), New Taipei City (新北市), academy’s head and taught lessons based on meditation, with an emphasis on the power of sexual energy as the key to spiritual enlightenment.

According to prosecutors, the female member of the academy took her daughter to a motel in Sijhih, where she and Ouyang allegedly forced the young girl to perform sex acts on Ouyang.

After separating from her estranged husband in May last year, the woman brought her daughter to meet with Ouyang at least once a month, prosecutors said.

The girl wrote in her diary: “My body feels dirty” and “I am full of hate and am contemplating suicide,” prosecutors said.

She also sought advice from netizens, prosecutors said, adding that she was advised by netizens to gather voice recordings and to collect tissue paper with Ouyang’s semen on it.

In June, police arrested Ouyang and the girl’s mother on sexual offense charges.

Prosecutors said the two initially denied the charges.

After prosecutors played a recording the girl made and showed them tissue paper from which Ouyang’s DNA had been retreived, prosecutors said they admitted there had been sexual contact between Ouyang and the girl.

The girl has been placed into the care of the New Taipei City Department of Social Welfare, police said.