Little Neck tutors charged with abusing students: DA

An investigation in the 111th has resulted in tutors being arrested for alleged abuse incidents.
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Two northeast Queens women were charged this week with abusing exchange students at a tutoring academy in Little Neck, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The DA said Sun Kyung Park, 33, of Oakland Gardens, and Min Kyung Chea, of Little Neck, were arrested this week after an investigation revealed that the two women had allegedly abused four Korean students sent to New York by their families for an education at Crown Tutoring Academy in Little Neck, owned by Chea’s husband. The women are accused of withholding food and bathroom privileges from the students, who range from 9 to 11 years old, as well as forcing them to perform tasks such as holding books above their heads for long periods of time, the DA said.

Park is also accused of allegedly repeatedly striking a student with a spiral notebook, causing scratches to his shoulder and back, according to the DA.

Brown said the alleged abuse took place between January and July of this year.

Park is facing charges of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child and faces up to seven years in prison, if convicted, the DA said. Chea has been charged with third-degree attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child and could spend up to a year in jail, according to the DA’s office.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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worst of the year from queens says:
This is the most disgusting story of the year. Why are these so called academies not regulated by either the city or the state. Not only should the creeps who were arrested be jailed or deported but the owner should be forced to close this sham. The irony here is that the local school district would probably give them a superior education at a much lower costs. But the danger in closing these sham schools is empty store fronts. On Northern Bl in Little Neck and Douglaston, the store fronts that are not nail salons or massage parlors are these so called schools.
Aug. 8, 2014, 1:04 pm
asian person from bayside says:
When I was younger my parents sent me to these after-school academies similar to the one above and they are very big on discipline. The Korean academies more so than the Chinese ones. The worst I have had was to stand still and face a wall in the main hallway for an hour, this is more of a public shame kind of thing.

Not once have I ever been hit, or had food and bathroom privileges withheld from me. This type of stuff is unacceptable and should definitely be investigated. These academies are expensive, and to pay to have your children treated this way is wrong on so many levels.
Aug. 9, 2014, 11:09 am

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