A 41-year-old teacher accused of five counts of indecent assault involving two primary-school girls pleaded not guilty at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The defendant, a teacher of Chinese language and physical education at a primary school in Tuen Mun, a district of Hong Kong’s New Territories, was arrested in March last year after the school principal received complaints from two pupils, Apple Daily reported.

The court heard that a then-11-year-old girl identified as X and a 10-year-old girl identified as Y had been assaulted indecently by the defendant during a period from 2015 to February last year at the school.

X told the court that when she was a Primary 5 pupil, she handed in her homework while the defendant was sitting at his desk. The defendant asked X to stand near him to correct the homework, but his elbow touched her breast for a few seconds.

She said two more indecent assaults occurred, one during a computer lesson and one during a PE class. Believing the defendant had touched her breast intentionally, X reported the incident to the principal.

For her part, Y told the court that the defendant had touched her breast with his elbow and fingers on two occasions, once during a computer lesson, Oriental Daily reported.

Angry at what had happened, Y told the whole class that she had been assaulted and also reported the incidents to the principal.

The court hearing continued on Tuesday.