Owner of illegal inn ordered to close after molestation accusations

The China Post news staff

A Hualien City bed-and-breakfast owner has been ordered to halt operations after female guests accused him of drugging and sexually molesting them as they slept, investigations by the Hualien County Government revealed Friday. The man has not been arrested on criminal charges due to a lack of evidence. The suspect is Lee Yu-chi, 44, owner of the NT$800-a-night bed-and-breakfast (B&B) “Lee Home” in Hualien City. Between July 2009 and June 2010, police received complaints from three college girls and a mother-and-daughter team who had all been guests at Lee’s inn.

Three college girls accused Lee of foisting drugs in cakes and coffee last July. According to police reports, two girls had consumed less coffee and were able to go shopping in the afternoon; the third girl had felt so dizzy she was left to sleep in the rented room. The girl woke to find her pants missing, with Lee fondling her in her room. The man fled after she screamed and a police report was filed. However, Lee was let go after there was insufficient evidence to charge him. In June, a mother-and-daughter filed a police report accusing Lee of drugging the Tiramisu he offered and molesting the daughter in her sleep. Online Netizens who said they had been guests at Lee Home also claimed that the owner peeped into the window of bathrooms as they showered. Local police searched Lee’s establishment on Wednesday and found syringes with potential traces of drugs in them as well as five pairs of female underwear, substantiating the women’s claims enough to take him in for questioning. Lee was released, however, due to insufficient evidence. Officers placed him under surveillance and discovered that in lieu of fleeing the area, he was operating a different B&B. They officially prohibited him from operating illegal inn and fined him NT$30,000. Although Lee Home had a website advertising its services, it was an illegal operation not among the 767 recognized B&Bs by Hualien County Government tourism. There are approximately 300 illegal inns that violate the nation’s B&B rules and regulations and Lee’s case has prompted the county government to conduct a full-scale crackdown and impose relevant fines.