Thursday, 9 March 2017

Public disquiet over underage sex case

Attorney-General’s Chambers: PP v JOSHUA ROBINSON

There has been public attention to this case, and calls from some members of the public for an appeal against the sentence imposed and for caning to be imposed. Following careful review of the matter, the Public Prosecutor has decided not to appeal against the sentence.

Joshua Robinson (“Robinson”) pleaded guilty to 9 charges for offences of sexual penetration of minor under 16 punishable under section 376A(2) of the Penal Code, making an obscene film punishable under section 29(1)(a) of the Films Act, possession of obscene films punishable under section 30(1) of the Films Act, and exhibiting an obscene object to a young person punishable under section 293 of the Penal Code. He was sentenced in the District Court to a total of 4 years’ imprisonment. Details of the charges and the sentence imposed per charge are in the annex to this media release.

Before the District Court, the Prosecution had sought a total sentence of 4 to 5 years’ imprisonment. The Prosecution’s sentencing position was made known to defence counsel and to the District Court at a pre-trial conference in September 2016. The Prosecution’s sentencing position was conveyed to Robinson before he made his decision in December 2016 to plead guilty. In arriving at this sentencing position, the Prosecution took into account, among other things, the fact that by securing a guilty plea, the three young victims would be spared the trauma of having to testify and be cross-examined in a trial.

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What is the legal age for sex in Singapore? What are some common sexual offences in Singapore?

Pursuant to section 376A of the Penal Code, sexual penetration of a minor under 16 is an offence even if the minor has given consent. Both male & female minors are covered by this provision. In addition, according to the definitions of the aforementioned section, sex consists of sexual penetration, and includes vaginal, oral or anal sex.

In addition, commercial sex with minors under 18 is also a punishable offence pursuant to section 376B of the Penal Code. Furthermore, under section 376C of the Penal Code, Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents who engage in commercial sex with a minor under 18 will still be liable even if the acts were done in a location outside of Singapore.

With regards to the common protest: “I did not know she was below 16”, section 377D of the Penal Code clearly states that:
  • If the offender is above the age of 21, he cannot claim that he mistakenly believed the minor was not underage as a defence.
  • If the offender is below the age of 21, he may claim that he mistakenly believed the minor was not underage as a defence, but only if the minor was of the opposite sex, and if the offender has not previously committed any similar sexual offences before.

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Govt to relook penalties in underaged sex cases

The Government will be relooking penalties for crimes committed by the likes of convicted sexual predator Joshua Robinson, as the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) announced on Wed (March 8) that it will not appeal the 4-yr jail term imposed on the 39-yr-old, saying the punishment was broadly in line with relevant past cases.

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, told the media on Wednesday that the AGC has discretion over decisions on prosecution, sentences to ask for, and appeals, and these decisions should be respected.

“If we don’t think the sentences, based on precedents, are adequate, then we consider what can be done,” said Mr Shanmugam, who is on a working visit in Australia. “I do think that the sentences for such offences committed by Robinson need to be relooked at. That is why I have asked my ministries to study this.”

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Relook sentences for offenders like Joshua Robinson: K Shanmugam

Sentences for offences such as those committed by Joshua Robinson need to be relooked, said Minister for Home Affairs & Law K Shanmugam on Wed (Mar 8).

The mixed martial arts instructor was jailed 4 years for having sex with two 15-yr-old girls - a sentence that the public prosecutor has decided not to appeal against, despite an online petition that called the sentence "unacceptable". The petition has drawn nearly 27,000 signatures to date.

"If we don’t think the sentences, based on precedents, are adequate, then we consider what can be done," said Mr Shanmugam in written comments in response to media queries. He is in Australia for a working trip.

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K Shanmugam asked his Ministries to consider harsher punishment for cases like Joshua Robinson

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is currently away on a working trip in Australia, has weighed in on the case of Joshua Robinson in response to media queries.

Shanmugam also compared an earlier example to the current case:
  • There is a wide range of behaviour which is currently dealt with, in respect of having sex with under-aged girls, for example: (a) a young man of 18 having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend ; (b) A few years ago we had 51 men charged with having sex with an under-aged prostitute. They were jailed for between 4 and 20 weeks each.
  • In the context of all the facts, viz having sex with two underaged girls and showing pornographic material to a 6-year-old, Robinson’s conduct here, was more serious (even though the girls agreed to having sex with him).
On AGC’s decision, Shanmugam said:
  • “AGC have explained why they have decided that they could not appeal. I can understand that having taken a position in court, on what the sentence should be, it is difficult for AGC to now appeal. As they have explained, the position they took was based on precedent. In our system, decisions on prosecution, sentence to ask for, and appeals, are all within the discretion of the AGC. We need to respect the decision of AGC.
  • If we don’t think the sentences, based on precedents, are adequate, then we consider what can be done. I do think that the sentences for such offences committed by Robinson need to be relooked at. That is why I have asked my Ministries to study this.”

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Lawyers suggest certain factors be given more weight

Lawyers & social workers said certain factors could be given more weight in offences relating to sex with minors. These could include distinguishing if the act was done by someone in a "position of trust".

They also suggested reviewing the conditions for statutory rape - having sex with a minor under 14 - which carries a harsher punishment than sexual penetration of a minor under 16.

The Attorney-General's Chambers' (AGC) statement yesterday said the public prosecutor will not appeal against the 4-year jail sentence given to mixed martial arts instructor Joshua Robinson for having sex with two 15-yr-old girls .

related:
Govt to consider higher penalties in such cases
Underage sex case: AGC not appealing against sentence

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Singaporeans outraged over 'too lenient' four-year jail sentence for American pedophile, 39, who had sex with underage girls, 15, and had the country's largest haul of child porn
On his website he argued sickeningly that girls were in their 'biological prime' from the age of 13 and told how sexual assault victims made for the best partners in bed

Despite Singapore's notoriously tough corporal punishment system which still includes caning, Robinson was jailed for just four years after striking up a plea deal with prosecutors.

It has sparked outrage among thousands of residents who say the sentence sends the wrong message to foreign sexual predators.

Robinson struck up a deal with state prosecutors who offered  him a four year sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to nine different charges. They included three counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16, making an obscene film, possession of obscene films and exhibiting an obscene object to a young person.

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Singaporeans angry at 'too lenient' sentence for American child sex offender

An American Mixed Martial Arts instructor who was jailed for four years last week for having sex with two teenage girls in Singapore will not face stronger penalties, according to the country's public prosecutor.

Joshua Robinson, 39, was jailed for having sex with two teenage girls and recording the acts on video. Authorities also seized thousands of illegal pornographic films from his apartment, including 321 featuring children, which was the largest such haul ever in Singapore -- a country known both for its low crime rate and tough punishments that can include caning. Citizens launched a petition that has garnered 27,000 signatures calling the sentence "absolutely intolerable".

For each charge of having sex with a minor, Robinson could have been jailed in Singapore for up to 10 years and fined, the BBC reported.

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Singapore anger at 'too lenient' child sex sentence
US Mixed Martial Arts instructor Joshua Robinson was jailed four years on child sexual assault charges, a sentence being criticised by Singaporeans for being too light

There is public anger in Singapore over what is seen as a too lenient sentence for a US child sex offender.

US Mixed Martial Arts instructor Joshua Robinson, 39, was jailed for four years last week for having sex with two teenage girls and filming the acts. Officers also seized thousands of illegal pornographic films from his flat, including 321 featuring children, the largest haul ever in Singapore.

A petition was launched calling the sentence "absolutely intolerable".

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From A Singaporean: Why Was Joshua Robinson Only Jailed 4 Years For Sex With Minors?

I can understand the knee-jerk reaction to this case, but if you look at comparable cases, it can be seen why the sentence was “only” 4 years, without caning. Sadly it seems people lose their minds when they hear “foreigner”, “underage” and “child porn” mentioned in the same sentence.

We need to look at the case objectively, and the only way to do that is by referring to similar cases. And I must also say, we should be very disturbed if the petition had succeeded. The AGC is supposed to be seen to operate independently of political pressure, so you should be very concerned indeed if the law minister could order an increase in sentence willy-nilly, or if the AGC was seen to sway to public opinion (a balance must be struck though, the AGC’s actions need to be seen as just as well).

First, was his sentence really that light? Let’s look at some similar cases:
The present offender had sex with two 15 year old girls. How long should his sentence be? But note that he possessed copious amounts of child porn and showed an obscene video to a 6 year old. This isn’t straight up math, but 4 years doesn’t seem out of the pale.

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Joshua Robinson
Take a good look at this face, and burn it into your memory

Well, they say sex predators like you are despised even by the worst of criminals and you will get your comeuppance in jail. Heard they gonna tear you a new one, Josh!

Kinda sad that some people look to other criminals to exact revenge that the law (ie, society) is unable to impose. I don’t condone taking the law into our own hands, of course. But if any harm should befall you, I guess your martial arts skills will come in handy, Josh.

Good luck! Meantime enjoy our hospitality. Hope you won’t have problems walking haha.

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Still four years for Joshua Robinson

SO THE Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) have decided not to appeal against the four-year jail sentence for Joshua Robinson. It has put out a statement to say why: Robinson pleaded guilty which spared the girls the ordeal of going through a trial, the two girls were above 14 which means he did not commit statutory rape, and they had consented to sex.

Not rape. Not outrage of modesty. So the charge against Robinson was sexual penetration of a minor under 16 years of age, which is punishable under section 376A(2) of the Penal Code. The AGC said that this was the most serious charge that the prosecution could have brought on the case. And no, there’s no caning under this clause but a maximum of 10 years jail.

It looks like we weren’t right to say that the girls were sexually assaulted since what he did was not rape nor molest, even though one of them had a mental breakdown after her intimate encounter with Robinson. I suppose the girls were seduced by the American mixed martial arts instructor into consensual sex. Or at least some sexual grooming took place.

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Public Prosecutor will not appeal 4-year jail sentence for Joshua Robinson: AGC

Following a “careful” review, the Public Prosecutor has decided not to appeal against the 4-year jail term imposed on convicted sexual predator Joshua Robinson last week, noting that the punishment he got was broadly in line with relevant past cases’.

In a statement on Wed (March 8), the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) added that while some have called for caning to be imposed on Robinson, the offences he was charged with did not allow the court to do so.

The AGC also said: “In discharging our duties, we do not differentiate between Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans.”

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AGC clarifies that it does not differentiate between Singaporeans and foreigners in discharging duties – decides not to appeal child sex offender’s sentence

The following is a press release by the Attorney General’s Chambers:
  • Prosecution took into consideration the fact that securing a guilty plea from Robinson would spare three young victims the trauma of testifying and being cross-examined at trial.
  • Joshua Robinson did not commit ‘sexual assault’. Because the two victims were above 14 years of age when Robinson committed the sexual acts with them, the offence of statutory rape was not committed. Because the victims had consented to the sexual acts, the offences of rape and outrage of modesty were also not committed.
  • Caning is not provided for any of the offences Robinson was charged with.
  • The sentencing is broadly in line with relevant sentencing precedents.
  • The Attorney-General’s Chambers does not differentiate between Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans in discharging our duties.
There has been public attention to this case, and calls from some members of the public for an appeal against the sentence imposed and for caning to be imposed. Following careful review of the matter, the Public Prosecutor has decided not to appeal against the sentence.

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AGC won't appeal against sex offender Joshua Robinson's four-year jail term

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said on Wednesday (8 March) that it will not appeal against the four-year jail term of convicted sex offender Joshua Robinson who had sex with two 15-year-old girls.

In a statement posted on the AGC’s website, AGC noted, “There has been public attention to this case, and calls from some members of the public for an appeal against the sentence imposed and for caning to be imposed.”

AGC said that the prosecution had considered the fact that Robinson, an American mixed martial arts instructor, had pleaded guilty and by doing so, spared his victims from the trauma of testifying at a trial.

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Public prosecutor will not appeal against four-year jail sentence

In the case of convicted sex predator Joshua Robinson, the public prosecutor has decided not to appeal against the 39-year-old’s four-year jail sentence. It was noted that the punishment dealt out against him was broadly in line with that of relevant past cases.

To recap, the American MMA instructor had sex with two 15-year-old girls and filmed the acts; he pleaded guilty to nine charges, including making obscene films, having underage sex and showing an obscene video to a six-year-old girl. The news of Robinson’s sentence started an online petition for a more severe punishment, and it has since gained over 27,000 signatures. Numerous members of the public called for him to receive the punishment of caning, but the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said that the offences he was charged with did not allow the court to do so.

The AGC also stated that the prosecution considered the fact that Robinson’s guilty plea meant the three young victims did not have to go through the trauma of testifying and being cross-examined at trial. It pointed out that Robinson ‘did not commit sexual assault’ — as both victims were above the age of 14 and consensual in the sexual acts, Robinson did not commit the offence of statutory rape.

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Prosecutor will not appeal against four-year sentence for Joshua Robinson

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said in a statement on Wednesday (8 Mar) to local media that the Public Prosecutor has decided not to appeal against the four-year sentence for 39-year-old American Joshua Robinson who had sex with two 15-year-old girls and filmed them.

AGC said in its statement that the sentences imposed were "broadly in line with relevant sentencing precedents".

AGC further noted that the prosecution took into consideration the fact that securing a guilty plea from Robinson would spare three young victims the trauma of testifying and being cross-examined at trial, before arriving at the sentence for the offences.

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S’pore’s public prosecutor not appealing against Joshua Robinson’s 4-year jail sentence
These are the details of Robinson’s charges

The Attorney-General’s Chambers got him to plead guilty which spared the victims from testifying in court.

Singapore’s public prosecutor has decided it will not be appealing against the sentence imposed on Joshua Robinson, the 39-year-old American expatriate in Singapore who has been jailed four years for having sex with two 15-year-old girls and showing an obscene film to a six-year-old girl, among other offences.

In a statement on Wednesday, March 8, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said the offences he was charged with did not allow the court to impose caning.

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AGC looking into Joshua Robinson case: Shanmugam
A screengrab from the Change.org petition

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is looking into the case of convicted sex predator Joshua Robinson, as a petition calling for a harsher sentence for the American mixed martial arts (MMA) instructor gained traction on Mon (Mar 6).

Speaking on the sidelines of a community event, Law & Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, noting the “public disquiet” over Robinson’s 4-year jail sentence, said people are “naturally upset, parents in particular”, & explained that what kind of sentence is meted out depends on previous cases.

“Having said that, my understanding is that AGC is looking into this,” he said, adding: “I personally should not be commenting, because the matter is not concluded, as time for appeal has not ended. It is therefore not appropriate for me to comment.”

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Law Minister acknowledges 'public disquiet' over Joshua Robinson sentence
MMA instructor Joshua Robinson in a screengrab of a video on his YouTube channel

Minister for Law & Home Affairs K Shanmugam said on Mon (Mar 6) that he understands there is "public disquiet" over the 4-year sentence for an MMA instructor who sexually assaulted 2 teenage girls. "People are naturally upset. Parents in particular," he said on the sidelines of a fundraising event.

However, Mr Shanmugam said it is not an appropriate time for him to comment on the case against Joshua Robinson because the matter is not concluded & the time for appeal has not ended.

"The decisions on which charges to proceed is a matter within AGC’s (Attorney-General's Chambers) discretion. AGC makes the decisions based on precedents, & what kind of sentence is meted out depends on previous cases."

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Minister notes disquiet over underage sex case
Mr Shanmugam said yesterday that the case is not over yet as there is still time to file an appeal. Therefore, it is not appropriate for him to comment. ST FOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Despite "public disquiet" about the sentence of an American mixed martial arts instructor jailed last Thursday for offences including sex with minors, it is not an appropriate time to comment on the case, said Home Affairs & Law Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday.

He said the case is not over yet as there is still time to file an appeal. Therefore, it was not appropriate for him to comment, he added. He said he understands the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) is looking into the matter.

The instructor, Joshua Robinson, 39, was sentenced to 4 yrs' jail after pleading guilty to making obscene films & having consensual sex with minors, among other charges. He had unprotected sex with two 15-yr-old girls & showed an obscene clip to a 3rd girl, who was only 6 years old.

related:
Minister notes disquiet over underage sex case
Dad less than a metre away when girl was shown porn
Tougher laws needed against child porn
Why is child sex offender's sentence so lenient?

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Shanmugam: AGC looking into MMA instructor's case

While there has been "public disquiet" on the jail sentence of American mixed martial arts instructor Joshua Robinson, who was sentenced last Thursday, Home Affairs & Law Minister K. Shanmugam said it was inappropriate for him to comment at this time.

"I personally should not be commenting, because the matter is not concluded, as time for appeal has not ended," he said at the sidelines of a fund-raising cycling event yesterday.

"I can understand that there is public disquiet on the sentence. People are naturally upset. Parents in particular. The decisions on which charges to proceed is a matter within AGC's (the Attorney-General's Chambers) discretion.

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DISQUIET OVER SENTENCING OF A MONSTER? NOT UPROAR MEH?

Note with amusement on how the media is reporting on Minister Shanmugam's comments about that Monster Joshua Robinson case. In the media reports, it is said that there is an online disquiet on the issue, as the sentence and the crime does not seem to be enough.

Seriously, disquiet? What we have is an uproar! What kind of monster who preys on innocent young children, destroys their lives, and yet gets only 4 years in jail with no canning? This is no disquiet! But wait, did Minister Shanmugam himself said disquiet? What?! Dear Minister sir, disquiet is when we are not happy over our monthly paychecks, as compared to yours. Uproar is when almost the whole Singapore online community is up in arms at this sentencing meted out this Monster. Hardly enough for the crimes he committed.

So please, choose your words carefully. It is not like we are asking you to hurl vulgarities and smearing other's good names.

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Did ambiguous selection of law allow child sex offender Josh Robinson to escape punishment?

Currently, we have 2 different sections of the law to charge people having sex with underage children.

Section 375 of the Penal Code essentially says having sex with a woman without her consent is defined as rape. And in the case of girls under 14, even with her consent, she is also deemed to be raped. This section also specifies that the perpetrator would face a mandatory jail sentence with an additional possibility of facing fine or caning, depending on the circumstances of the rape. In cases involving girls under 14 without her consent, the perpetrator would face both a mandatory jail sentence and caning.

Section 376A essentially says anyone having sex with a girl under 16, with or without her consent, is guilty of rape. But for a person charged under this section, he would face a mandatory jail sentence with possibility of fine. There is NO mention of caning except if the girl is under 14. In this case, the perpetrator would face a mandatory jail sentence with an additional possibility of facing fine or caning.

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Why An Online Petition is Asking for a Harsher Sentence for Sexual Predator Josh Robinson

We totally understand why everyone is up in arms over the sentence Josh Robinson has gotten for his criminal acts. Many were shocked when the American pedophile was sentenced to only 4 years behind bars.

If you haven’t heard of this notorious sexual predator, he’s a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) instructor that’s giving other instructors a bad rep for what he’s done. It’s unthinkable how one would show a girl (the daughter of his student) as young as 6 an explicit video of him performing sexual acts.

Here are 5 reasons why many might have felt like taking justice into their own hands or petitioning for him to have a harsher sentence:
  • A light sentence may abet him to commit more crimes
  • Even the father of the six-year-old daughter has came out to warn others
  • Robinson is a wolf in sheep’s clothing
  • Any child could be his next victim next time
  • For all we know, he could be a pathological pedophile
related: The Dating Sites Sex Predator Josh Robinson Used to Meet Underage Girls

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Petition calls for harsher punishment for convicted sex fiend Joshua Robinson

An online petition has been started calling for a harsher sentence to be imposed on Joshua Robinson, the 39-year-old American expatriate in Singapore who has been jailed four years for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls and filming the assaults.

The petition is started by one Sarah Woon, who claims to be a close family friend of the six-year-old girl who Robinson showed an explicit video to at a gym where the child’s father was training at.

On March 2, 2017, Robinson had pleaded guilty to nine charges in total. These include: Three for sexually assaulting the girls, five for making and possessing obscene films and one for showing an obscene film to a six-year-old girl.

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HARSHER SENTENCE IN SINGAPORE FOR PEDOPHILE JOSHUA ROBINSON
Wow... 4 years of jail without caning for a pedophile?!

Is this the message our Singapore Government People's Action Party is intending to send worldwide: "Spray paint our city or slander our government officials and you get it worse off than if you rape and sexually abuse our children"?

Pedophiles will come from far and wide to take advantage of such an incredibly erroneous measure of justice!!

As a parent and an early childhood educator advocating for the voiceless in our country (and children everywhere, with the fact that upon release this pedophile could be anywhere around the world, abusing his mixed martial arts trainer's credentials) I find this unacceptable and absolutely intolerable. Unfortunately, the 6 year old in this traumatic case is a daughter of a close friend and it absolutely breaks my heart and those of all our friends and family.

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Father Of 6-Year-Old Girl Preyed On By Paedophilie Lashes Out Against Leniency Of Jail Sentence
Paedophilie Gets Just 4 Years’ Jail

The American mixed-martial arts (MMA) instructor Josh Robinson is a sexual predator. That’s what a prosecutor said at his trial, where he was jailed for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls and showing an obscene video to a 6-year-old girl, among other lurid charges, reported Channel NewsAsia. Read our story about Josh Robinson and his MMA moves.

See his face and remember it. Despite being found guilty on NINE charges, with 20 other charges taken into consideration, Josh Robinson only got 4 years’ jail.

And the father of one of his victims is raving mad about that.

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Even the father of the six-year-old daughter has came out to warn others

Here’s a screenshot of the post, which has since been taken down.

It’s plain to see why his sentence has unfolded into a public outcry, let alone the father of the daughter profoundly traumatised by the repulsive act of Robinson. Mike couldn’t take it lying down and he took to Facebook to voice his major dissent with the outcome.

While making comparisons between the penalties served to a drug abuser and that of a sexual offender, Mike expressed his disappointment at Robinson getting away easy with a “slap on the wrist”. The importance of being cautious against the possibility of such incidents or history repeating itself with this criminal reverberates through his Facebook post. We couldn’t agree more – it’s better to have our guards up.

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MMA instructor jailed 4 years for sexually assaulting 2 teenage girls

An American MMA instructor was jailed 4 years on Thu (Mar 2) for sexually assaulting 2 15-year-old girls and filming the assaults for his own “perverse pleasure”.

When Joshua Robinson’s apartment was raided, officers seized 5,902 obscene films, including 321 films of child pornography. The haul is believed to be the largest collection of child pornography seized from an individual in S'pore.

Robinson, 39, pleaded guilty to 9 charges: 3 for sexually assaulting the girls, 5 for making and possessing obscene films and one for showing an obscene film to a 6-year-old girl. Another 20 charges, including 4 more for sexual assault, were taken into consideration during sentencing.

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Convicted paedophile was poster boy for Contact Singapore

Convicted paedophile, 39-year-old Joshua Robinson, was a celebrated poster boy for Contact Singapore. Contact Singapore was started by the Prime Minister’s Office, and came under the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in 1998. In 2008, an alliance was formed between the Economic Development Board (EDB) and MOM to use Contact Singapore to leverage the business network and investment promotion capability of the EDB and the talent outreach of the MOM.

Contact Singapore’s mission includes bringing global talent to work in Singapore, and Joshua Robinson was touted as its poster boy. The agency’s microsite featuring Robinson was quickly scrubbed after his conviction. But a Google search shows that Contact Singapore had once used him to promote their mission.

In the video, Robinson can be heard saying, “Life in Singapore, to me, feels really easy”. He also praised Singapore for its minimal taxes and good public transport.

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‘This animal will go back to hurting young children’ – father of 6-year-old lashes out
Online website must be flagged for shaming Joshua Robinson’s rape victim

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Netizens enraged by “light” sentence for 39-yr-old foreigner who sexually assaulted and filmed two teenage girls

The Singapore court on Thursday (2 Mar) sentenced 39-year-old Joshua Robinson to four years jail for sexually assaulting two teenage girls and filming the assaults.

Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported, Robinson pleaded guilty to nine charges: Three for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls, five for obscene films and one for showing an obscene film to a six-year-old girl.

He was caught in June 2015 after his second victim told her parents and made a police report against him. Officers found and seized 5,902 X-rated films, including 321 films of child pornography while searching the MMA instructor’s apartment.

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WHY NO CANING FOR THESE SEXUAL PREDATORS WHO PREYED ON UNDERAGED GIRLS

In Jan 2014, former iDA Consultant Ramos Lobaton Alan (Mexican), a Harvard grad, was jailed 10 months for underage sex with a 15-year old student on Oct 13 and 23, 2012 in an AMK Ave 3 flat Ramos was into BDSM and fond of people addressing him as "sir", suggested that he be her new "dominant''.

In Jan 2014, "Cold, calculative and deeply disturbing" restaurant owner, Jared Chan Yee Mun (Malaysian residing in Australia), was jailed 12 months for having consensual sex with a minor at Changi Village Hotel while on transit in Singapore on Oct 5, 2012.

In Mar 2017, MMA instructor Joshua Robinson (American) was jailed 4 years for underage sex with two 15-year old girls, and in possession of 321 child porn videos featuring children as young as two years old. Some of the videos were 'home-made' by Robinson. "For each count of having sex with a minor, Robinson could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined. And for each count of making an obscene film, he could have been jailed up to two years and fined between $20,000 and $40,000."

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related: Jailed 5 years for underage sex
WRONG TURN: Jonathan Wong Wai Kheong was convicted in Britain in 2010 of possessing child pornography

A former Ministry of Education scholarship holder was sentenced to 5 years' jail yesterday for five sexual offences involving an underage girl, then 15 years old.

Jonathan Wong Wai Kheong, 25, was found guilty on 2 counts of committing indecent acts and 3 counts of having sex with a minor. The victim cannot be named because she is a minor.

According to court documents, the prosecution said this was "one of the worst cases of sexual penetration of a minor" it had seen, and that Wong deserved a deterrent sentence of more than 4 years' imprisonment.

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related: Transgender gets 10 years' jail for sexually abusing minor
Zunika was known as a generous & religious neighbour & R (pictured) chose to live with her as her own family was crumbling. foto: The Straits Times

A Transgender, who is biologically female but lives as a man, was yesterday sentenced to 10 years in jail for the sexual abuse of a teenage girl, who was then 13. She was initially cleared by a lower court which had ruled that a woman could not be convicted of sexual penetration of a minor.

The sentence came after a decision by the Court of Appeal on Sep 28 that a woman can just be as guilty as a man for the crime and reversed the acquittal.

In sentencing Zunika Ahmad, 40, the Court of Appeal took into account as aggravating factors the number of offences & that she had abused her position of trust.

related: Woman pleads guilty, but law says only men can be guilty of rape

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Protecting Our Minors from Underage Sex Crimes
Joshua Robinson was caught with 321 films containing child pornography featuring children as young as 2 years old. ST FOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

An American mixed martial arts instructor was jailed for 4 years on Thu (March 2) after having sex with 2 underage girls and recording the acts with his mobile phone.

Joshua Robinson, now 39, was also caught with 321 films containing child pornography featuring children as young as 2 years old. This is believed to be the largest number of such films seized from a single person in Singapore.

Once, he even showed a 6-yr-old girl an obscene film of him engaged in a sexual act with a woman.

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