By Gina Martinez
FLUSHING – A Flushing after-school tutor has been charged with sexually abusing an underage female student between 2004 and 2006, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Sumate Jiemjitpolchai, 62, a tutor at Surpass Prep Center on 40-59 College Point Blvd., was arrested and charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, the DA said.
According to the criminal charges, Jiemjitpolchai sexually abused a female student in his residence on multiple occasion from September 2004 to November 2006 by touching her in a sexual manner and on one occasion forcing her to touch him. Jiemjitpolchai was ordered to post $70,000 bond/$35,000 cash bail and was set to return to court this Friday. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, Brown said.
“The victim’s parents entrusted their daughter to the care of the defendant, both as a tutor and as a child care provider,” the DA said. “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.”
The victim, who enlisted in the United States Army, revealed that she was allegedly sexually assaulted as a child to a superior officer, Brown said.
Brown asked that anyone who believes they have been victimized by Jiemjitpolchai should call the Special Victims Bureau at 718-286-6505.