A Flushing man who works as a tutor was charged with sexually abusing a young female student on multiple occasions over the course of two years, prosecutors announced on Tuesday.
Sumate Jiemjitpolchai, 62, works as a tutor at Surpass Prep Center located at 40-59 College Point Blvd. According to criminal charges, he allegedly sexually abused a young girl at his home on multiple occasions between Sept. 1, 2004 and Nov. 6, 2006.
He would touch her in a sexual manner and on one occasion, he forced the girl to touch him, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
The victim, who served in the United States Army, came forward to her superior officer and disclosed that Jiemjitpolchai had allegedly abused her as a child, eventually prompting an investigation.
Jiemjitpolchai was arrested and charged with a single count of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. If convicted, he could spend up to seven years in prison.
“The victim’s parents entrusted their daughter to the care of the defendant, both as a tutor and as a child care provider,” said District Attorney Brown. “The defendant is accused of betraying that trust by abusing the victim for his own sexual gratification from the time she was 10 years old in 2004 and starting the fifth grade to 2006. Children should not be robbed of their childhood by the actions of sexual predators. Such alleged conduct cannot go unpunished.”
Brown asked that any individuals who believe that they were victimized by Jiemjitpolchai should call his Special Victims Bureau at 718-286-6505.