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Kelowna RCMP believe piano teacher sexually assaulted multiple young students

After less than three months of investigating, a Kelowna piano teacher is facing charges for sexually assaulting a student.

Neil Nein-Nein Wong, 54, allegedly assaulted his young student over an eight month period during piano lessons at his home, according to a Kelowna RCMP news release.

Led by the Kelowna RCMP Child Abuse Unit, the investigation first began on Feb. 17, 2022. Wong was arrested the next day and placed on "strict conditions" to have no contact with anyone under the age of 16.

He later attended Kelowna Provincial Court on March 3, 2022, seeking to vary those conditions, according to the release.

Kelowna RCMP did not say how old the student was nor whether Wong successfully had his conditions varied.

As a piano teacher hosting lessons at his home, Kelowna RCMP believe he had opportunity to reach more victims and are urging the public to come forward with anymore information.

According to the release, parents would contact Wong through his email address, later by phone, in order to arrange the lessons. He hosted lessons both online and at his home.

Along with private lessons, Wong taught music at Kelowna Secondary School in 2013, according to Kelowna Capital News.

Investigators do not know how many students Wong taught and did not say how many they are aware of so far.

"We are asking families who have received piano lessons from Neil Wong to contact the Kelowna RCMP Child Abuse Unit at 778-940-2240 and quote file number 2022-9344," Cpl. Tim Russell of the Vulnerable Persons Unit said in the release. "The Kelowna RCMP Child Abuse Unit are an embedded partner at the Child Advocacy Center which coordinates multifaceted investigations and is dedicated to supporting children and families in our Community."

— This story was updated at 8:11 a.m., May 5, 2022, to correct previous information from Kelowna RCMP. In a previous version of this story, the investigation began in 2021, but RCMP corrected that to say police began investigating on Feb. 17, 2022.

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