Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Protecting Our Minors from Underage Sex Crimes

Update 7 Mar 2917: 75-year-old man jailed for molesting 10-year-old girl

A 75-yr-old man was jailed for 3 months on Tuesday (March 7) for molesting a 10-yr-old girl.

Cleaner Mowvalappil Ussainer K. Alikunhi pleaded guilty to one count of outrage of modesty.

A 2nd molestation charge involving the same girl was taken into consideration during sentencing.

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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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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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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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.

‘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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Man jailed for underage sex caught with possibly largest haul of child porn from an individual in Singapore
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 & 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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Cold, calculative and deeply disturbing
Restaurant owner Jared Chan Yee Mun initiated sex despite knowing the girl’s age

While on transit in S'pore in Oct 2012, the Malaysian man met up with an underage girl & had sex with her.

Jared Chan Yee Mun, a 32-yr-old restaurant owner who lives in Australia, was yesterday jailed for a year for underage sex.

The 1st of 5 men to be sentenced for having sex with the teenager, he pleaded guilty on Dec 3 last year to one count of having consensual sex with the then-15-yr-old student on Oct 5, 2012. 2 other charges of sexual offences involving the same girl & committed on that day were taken into consideration during sentencing.

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Ex-IT consultant jailed 10 months for underage sex

A former Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) information technology analyst was jailed for 10 months on Wednesday for underage sex.

Ramos Lobaton Alan, 26, pleaded guilty to 2 counts of having sex with a 15-yr-old student in a room at a flat in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 on Oct 13 and 23, 2012. 10 other charges were taken into consideration during his sentencing.

The Mexican national is the 2nd man to be jailed for having sex with the girl & was among 5 men hauled to court last year.

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Ex-teacher jailed for molesting two young girls

A teacher at an Orchard Road enrichment centre, who molested 2 female pupils aged 7 & 8, was yesterday sentenced to 18 months and 6 weeks in jail.

As Ian Lewis, a British man, was 66 years old, he was spared the cane and given the 6 weeks in lieu.

It was in 2012, two years after his arrival in Singapore, when Lewis started work as a reading specialist teacher at the centre.

related: Former teacher jailed for molesting seven-year-old at learning centre

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Jail for former teacher who molested seven-year-old girl

A former reading specialist teacher who molested his seven-year-old female student was sentenced to 18 months plus six weeks of jail on Tuesday (3 January).

The teacher, 66-year-old Briton Ian Lewis, was handed the six weeks’ jail sentence in lieu of the three strokes because he is above 50 and cannot be caned.

Lewis had admitted to rubbing the girl at the enrichment centre he taught at sometime between 16 September and mid-December in 2014. An additional charge of molesting another eight-year-old girl in March 2015 was also taken into consideration.

related: Singapore: British teacher jailed 18 months for molesting 7-year-old girl

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Lewis will serve the six weeks in lieu of three strokes oo the cane as those older than 50 years of age cannot be caned.

Five years jail, a fine and caning is the maximum penalty for molesting any person under the age of 14.

The Straits Times reports that the 66-year-old Briton admitted to “rubbing the girl” in the Orchard area of Singapore sometime before between 16 September and December 2014.

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Ex-teacher, 66, jailed for molesting girl, 7

A 66-year-old former teacher at an enrichment centre was sentenced to 19.5 months’ jail on Tuesday (Jan 3) for molesting a seven-year-old girl during class over a three-month period in 2014.

Ian Lewis, a Briton, had another similar charge for molesting another victim, aged eight, in March last year taken into consideration during sentencing.

The victims cannot be named to protect their identities.

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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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Is it time for a sex offender registry?

Those in favour of the idea argue that a registry serves the public interest to keep people informed.

For example, people hired to work with children can be screened for underage sex convictions.

Those who oppose it say it will hinder attempts for ex-offenders to be reintegrated into society.

"It felt like a blast from the past"
Ex-MOE scholar taught in S'pore despite child porn arrest
'We knew he had issues'
Peeping offence was kept out of testimonial
Parents pay for kiddie porn scholar's mistake
Jailed 5 years for underage sex
Others who preyed on children

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Experts: Police must be notified about sexual abuse

It is often very difficult for a person to inform the authorities about cases of sexual abuse that occur among family members.

But in 2 unrelated court cases yesterday, 3 women made the painful decision to report a father and a stepfather to the police for such offences.

Experts The New Paper spoke to said police reports must be made to uphold justice - no matter how painful it is.

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Sex abuse cases doubled from 2014 to 2015

Sex abuse cases involving children have doubled in 2015, according to statistics from the Ministry of Social & Family Development.

Recent cases involving children that have been in the news lately involved victims who hid the abuse for years before it was exposed.

Counsellors approached by The New Paper shared that parents can protect their children from these adults with sinister motives by keeping communication open.

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Transgender gets 10 years' jail for sexually abusing minor

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. 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.

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Warrant officer jailed for sex acts with minor
Teo was jailed 10 months for sexual activity with a 14-yr-old girl. The court heard that he knew she was a minor, but continued to send her lewd messages on FaceBook about having sex FOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A middle-aged army warrant officer who engaged in sexual activities with a 14-yr-old girl was yesterday jailed for 10 months.

Teo Chye Siong, now 44, had pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual penetration of a minor.

A District Court heard that he became friends on FaceBook with the teenager in May 2014.

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Ex-teacher tricked girl, 13, into sending him 57 nude pictures and videos
Kuang Liang Yong crafted a fake identity of a man who suffered from erectile dysfunction to gain the 13-yr-old's sympathy

A secondary school teacher who preyed on a girl four times his junior and got her to send him more than 50 nude photos and videos over a 9-month period was jailed for 22 months on Friday (Oct 7).

A district court heard that Kuang Liang Yong, 47, had embarked on a sustained campaign of deception and emotional manipulation. He crafted a fake identity of a man who suffered from erectile dysfunction to gain the 13-yr-old's sympathy and got her to send the nude photographs and videos to him in 2012 and 2013.

His WhatsApp messages to her ran into more than 400 pages over 2 years.

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Man took upskirt videos of girls aged 6 to 10

A 28-yr-old man took a video of a young girl's underwear at the baby-product section of a supermarket in April last year, a court heard. The 8-yr-old had been sitting in a shopping cart with her legs parted.

A shopper who sensed something amiss shouted for help and a security guard detained Wong Jia Wei. Police later found many other upskirt videos, taken of unknown young girls, in his mobile phone.

On Friday (Oct 7), Wong, a Malaysian, was jailed for 20 weeks. He pleaded guilty to 10 out of 18 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman.

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JC student 'felt an urge' to molest 8-year-old girl after seeing her in ballet attire

He felt an urge to touch the 8-yr-old girl after seeing her in her ballet attire.

After luring her away from her sister, he molested her. The girl, who was in Primary 3, & her mother made a police report later that day.

Yesterday, Liu Yiming, 18, a 2nd-yr junior college student, was sentenced to 18 months' probation for one count of outraging the girl's modesty.

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49-yr-old serial child molester preyed on young kids over span of 12 years by selling light sticks

A 49-yr-old man who molested several young children over the span of 12 years received 11½ years of jail & 15 strokes of the cane on Friday (Aug 12).

Tahir Hassan, previously a sorter & packer at a supermarket, would randomly visit housing estates to sell items such as massage lotion & perfume. While doing so, he would target young children at void decks & playgrounds, whom he would molest. In 2005, he started selling light sticks to children and would go into their homes when their parents were out. 

He was found guilty of 6 charges involving outrage of modesty and, in one case, sexual penetration. 6 other charges were taken into consideration in sentencing.

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Parents trusted man who took their 3 primary school boys on outings -- but he had been forcing them to do oral sex
They fully trusted him with their 3 sons as he was then working in the boys' school

Instead of paying back their trust, the family friend abused the boys, destroying their lives by robbing them of their innocence & dignity.

The man, now 52, was working as a school operations support assistant in a primary school in the western part of Singapore when he sexually abused all 3 youngsters between 2009 and February 2013.

On one occasion, he even performed obscene acts on the t2 younger boys while they were in the same room.

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JAILED: Colin Ting Fook Mun was the 9-year-old victim's form teacher.FOTO: YOUTUBE/COLIN TING

He was a primary school form teacher with a sick fascination for boys' underwear.

Colin Ting Fook Mun made a 9-year-old pupil unzip his pants so he could see the boy's underwear.

He also made the boy look at his underwear on seven occasions between March 2014 & January last year.

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Ex-teacher jailed for indecent acts with pupil

A primary school teacher unzipped his pupil's shorts to look at the underwear he had bought him, and on a separate occasion asked the boy to unzip his trousers, exposing his underwear to the pupil, a court heard yesterday.

Colin Ting Fook Mun, 41, who quit teaching 1-1/2 years ago, pleaded guilty to 3 of 8 charges of committing an indecent act with a child, and was jailed for 12 months.

The acts occurred at the primary school between March and September 2014 and in January last year.

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Apex court overturns ruling that cleared woman of sexual penetration of a minor
The victim: The underage girl had said she never suspected her abuser of being a woman

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Sep 28) overturned the earlier ruling of a High Court judge that only a man can be found guilty of the offence of sexual penetration of a minor.

Section 376A(1)(b) is gender-neutral and is capable of applying to a female offender," said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, delivering the decision of the 3-judge court, which also includes Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and Tay Yong Kwang.

The court will issue detailed written grounds at a later date.

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Women can be guilty of sexual penetration of minors: Apex court

A woman can be just as guilty as a man for the crime of sexual penetration of a minor, the Court of Appeal made clear yesterday as it overturned the acquittal of a transgender who lives as a man.

The previous judge had ruled that Zunika Ahmad, 40, because of the way the law was worded, could not be guilty of the crime when she used a sex aid on a 13-yr-old, despite her pleading guilty to six counts of sexual penetration of a minor.

But the prosecution appealed. Yesterday, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, along with Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang & Tay Yong Kwang, ruled that he had erred.

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Woman acquitted of sexual penetration of a minor

In an unexpected turn of events, the High Court yesterday cleared a woman of sexual penetration of a minor, ruling that only a man can be guilty of the offences.

Senior Judge Kan Ting Chiu made the unprecedented decision in the unusual case of Zunika Ahmad, a 39-yr-old transgender individual who is biologically female but lived as a man and even married 2 women using the bogus identity of an Indonesian man.

Zunika pleaded guilty last December to 6 counts of sexual penetration under Section 376A(1)(b) of the Penal Code and one count of sexual exploitation under the Children and Young Persons Act.

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20 weeks' jail over upskirt videos of young girls

A 28-yr-old man took a video of a young girl's underwear at the baby product section of a supermarket in April last year, a court heard.

The 8-yr-old had been sitting in a shopping cart with her legs parted. A shopper sensed something amiss & raised the alarm.

The man, Wong Jia Wei, was detained by a security guard. Police later found many other upskirt videos of unknown young girls in his mobile phone.

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Graduate jailed for taking upskirt of 8-yr-old girl

A graduate was sentenced to 20 weeks’ jail for taking upskirt videos of young girls. Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) Wong Jia Wei, from Butterworth Malaysia, was arrested when a shopper reported him for taking a video of the underwear of an 8-year-old girl in a shopping mall in April 2015.

The police also found at least 18 videos in his handphone of upskirt videos of young girls aged between 6 and 10 years old. According to investigations revealed in the court hearing, the pedophile has been doing so since 2012.

Deputy Public Prosecutor said: “Wong revealed that he had taken numerous upskirt videos of young Chinese girls between six and 10 years of age when he chanced upon them sitting in a manner that inadvertently exposed their panties… he has been taking upskirt videos since 2012.”

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Elderly man gets jail for molesting girl on bus

A 77-yr-old security guard who repeatedly molested a 14-yr-old girl on a bus was jailed for 5 weeks yesterday.

Samlawi Haji Sirat pleaded guilty to touching the girl's upper thigh on an SBSTransit bus on Feb 6 last year.

The court heard that the Secondary 3 student boarded service No. 21 in Balestier Road at about 1.30pm that day. The bus was heading towards Pasir Ris interchange.

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Man molested daughter, 12; threatened to kill wife

A security guard who sexually assaulted his 12-yr-old daughter over a period of around 10 months and threatened to kill his estranged wife was sentenced to jail & caning yesterday.

The 43-yr-old, who cannot be named so as not to identify his victim, had pleaded guilty to 2 charges each of molestation and criminal intimidation. Two other charges were taken into consideration.

He was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in jail and five strokes of the cane.

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Woman jailed for shielding husband who raped 14-year-old niece

A woman told her niece who had been raped by her husband not to tell the doctor that she had consumed bleach as it would have exposed his sexual offences, a court heard on Tuesday (Jun 21).

The girl's 47-yr-old paternal aunt was sentenced to six months' jail after pleading guilty to intentionally preventing the course of justice on Dec 20, 2012.

A second charge of failing to report her husband's rape of the 14-yr-old girl was considered during her sentencing.

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Man had sex with underage girl at hospital staircase

The teen had a foot infection and had to be warded at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) last December.

Her boyfriend visited her at the hospital & they had sex at one of the staircases.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling said the part-time technician, now 27, reached KKH at around 11:20am on Dec 7.

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Man jailed for trying to rape his then 4-year-old step-niece

The mother of his step-niece treated him like her own brother.

He repaid her kindness by trying to rape her four-yr-old daughter in the living room of their home in Feb 2012 while her mother was just metres away in the kitchen.

The man, now 22, pleaded guilty in court yesterday to one count of attempted rape.

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69-year-old man molested his 15-year-old stepdaughter because he had ‘strong urge’

A 15-yr-old girl could trust no one but her school to tell the school librarian that she had been molested by her stepfather. That was how on 2 Feb the misdeeds of her stepfather, a 69-year-old American who is here on a dependant’s pass, came to light. The school subsequently notified the Ministry of Social and Family Development and a police report was made the following day.

The American married the girl’s mother in Jul 2015 and the incident happened on 22 Jan this year at a flat in the north-west of Singapore. In court, the man admitted to to tapping the girl’s breast, cupping and squeezing her breast, and slipping his hands into her tights and touching her left buttock.

The man said that on that day he approached the girl and tapped her once near her rib cage to ask her to go for lunch with him. He repeated the act a few minutes later but as the girl was using her tablet device, she waved her hand to signal that she will go soon. The man however persisted in calling her in that manner when he said that he had a strong urge and could not control himself from touching his stepdaughter inappropriately.

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Ex-tutor jailed 12 months for sex with boy, 15

A former tuition teacher, who had sex with a 15-year-old student shortly after getting to know him via a mobile chat application, was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

Liew Kin Wah, 46, was working at a learning centre when he committed three offences of sexual penetration of a minor and one of an indecent act with a child at his home in Woodlands on Feb 27 last year.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration; the remaining charges were taken into consideration in sentencing.

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Man gets 12 years’ jail, 9 strokes of cane for raping a minor

A 40-yr-old former crane operator was sentenced to 12 yrs’ jail and nine strokes of the cane on Wednesday (April 13) for raping a minor — more than 20 years younger than him — days after they met through a mobile phone messaging application.

Lee Seow Peng, who is married, first met his victim on May 26, 2012 and asked her to be his girlfriend the following day. The victim cannot be named due to a court order to protect her identity.

Two days later, Lee suggested that they meet up. He picked her up near her school, drove her to a public carpark at the Chinese Garden, and had sexual intercourse with her at the back of the vehicle.

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

She had pleaded guilty to six charges of sexually penetrating an underage girl with a sex toy and her fingers.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 20 years' jail with a fine.

Yesterday, Zunika Ahmad, 39, who is biologically female but had lived as a man since she was 16, and had even "married" 2 women, turned up in the High Court expecting to be jailed for her offences.

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Man jailed 8 months for molesting girl, 11, and cheating insurance firm

A 31-yr-old logistics executive molested a primary school pupil taking a public bus to school then gave her $10 out of guilt, a court heard on Friday (Apr 8).

Ryan Ong Swee Chuan also made a fake insurance claim for a staged traffic accident on behalf of a motor insurance scam syndicate.

On Friday, he was jailed for 8 months after he pleaded guilty to a count each of molesting a minor and conspiring to cheat. He also admitted another count of molestation, which was taken into consideration in sentencing.

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Man molests girl, 5, whom his sister was babysitting

She was just 5 yrs old but that did not stop him from sexually abusing her.

The incident allegedly traumatised the girl so much that she became easily agitated and anxious, and began to binge-eat.

Yesterday, Mohamad Awang, 45, a petrol pump attendant, was jailed for 15 months for molesting the victim -- whom District Judge Matthew Joseph said was the youngest the court has seen.

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Cable installer jailed nine months for molesting girl, 12, in her home

A foreign worker who went to a flat to install a fibre optic cable earlier this year molested a 12-year old girl there.

On Friday he was sentenced to nine months' jail. A district court heard that Chellamuthu Gajendran, 36 went to the flat at about 3pm on March 3 to carry out the installation works.

The girl, a primary school student, was in the flat with her younger brother and she was reading a book in the living room.

Man jailed 18 months for underage sex with girl, 14

They met through a WhatsApp chat group in Apr last year and got together a month later.

Despite knowing she was just 14, Muhammad Sali Ifwat Zainodin had sex with his underage girlfriend 3 times.

Their relationship was found out a year later after the girl became pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.

Man jailed 4 months for underage sex

Just 3 days after getting to know a secondary school student on online chat service QQ, Qiu Shuihua took the 14-yr-old to a makeshift office near his workplace and committed a sex act on her.

The 23-year-old Chinese national repeated the act two days later when they were at his HDB flat in Boon Lay, and pressured her into having sex with him twice.

Yesterday, Qiu was sentenced to four months' jail for underage sex in 2012 with the minor, whose age he had been aware of from her QQ profile.

Nepalese man jailed 12 months for underage sex with girl, 15

After exchanging friendly greetings with a girl he met while jogging in a defunct cemetery, Hem Raj Thapa asked her to follow him into the woods. She agreed and they walked into the secluded area, later parting ways following a quick tryst.

The problem, however, was that the girl was only 15 yrs old.

On Thursday the Nepalese man, 32, was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to underage sex with the girl last Dec. One similar charge was taken into consideration.

Singapore man jailed for sex with underage girl who is now wife

A Singapore man was jailed for having sex with an underage girl who is now his wife, local media reported on Thursday.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Singapore. District Judge Mathew Joseph said the case was "unusual."

The judge said that while he was prepared to consider the case differently, the court did not condone the accused for having sex with the minor -- who was then 15.

Teenager nabbed for molesting two girls aged 12 and 15 in lift

A 17-year-old male teenager has been arrested for suspected involvement in two separate cases of outrage of modesty.

On Jan 20, a 15-yr-old girl reported to the police that she was molested by an unidentified man. The incident occurred in a lift at Hougang Ave 8.

About two hours later, the police received another similar report involving a 12-year-old girl being molested in a lift at Hougang Ave 10.

Man molested niece, then niece's friend a year later

Just six months after his release from prison for molesting his niece, a jobless man reoffended, touching his niece's friend while she was sleeping in his living room.

The 49-yr-old man lived in the HDB flat in North Bridge Road with his mother and three of his nieces, including the one he had earlier molested in 2013.

On Nov 14 last year, he repeatedly squeezed the buttocks of his niece's friend when the 14-yr-old was sleeping over.

Jail, caning for molesting stepdaughter

A driver who repeatedly molested his stepdaughter over a 3-year period was sentenced to two years in jail and six strokes of the cane yesterday.

The abuses began in 2011, the year that the victim, then 12, began living with him and her mother. He molested her in their Housing Board flat near Chinatown on five occasions when his wife was not at home, and asked her to perform an indecent act on him on another occasion.

Another time, he insulted her modesty. He also molested her at an open-air carpark in the neighborhood after they had bought dinner together, and at a lift lobby in their block.

Man, 60, arrested for allegedly molesting 15-year-old girl on bus

A 60-yr-old man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a teenage girl on a public bus.

The 15-yr-old victim made a police report on July 23 alleging that she had been molested while travelling on a bus on Boundary Road in Serangoon.

Cops arrested the suspect in the vicinity of Serangoon Avenue 2 less than an hour after the report was made. Investigations are ongoing.

Sexual predators targeting minors – disconcerting number of cases

The State Court on Thursday dealt with three separate cases of sexual offences committed by men against minors. They are the latest in what seem to be a frequent occurrence in Singapore, going by news reports, of such cases involving minors.

In the first case on Thursday, 48-year old odd-job worker, Lee Kia Kit, was sentenced to seven years’ preventive detention and was also given one stroke of the cane for outraging the modesty of two girls, aged 13 and 15, when they were on their way to school in March.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor told the court that Lee had also had three previous convictions for sexual offences since 2011. The DPP thus argued that imprisonment had “no rehabilitative or deterrent effect” on Lee whose previous offences, the court was told, were committed against victims aged between nine and 45.

Pizza deliveryman on trial for rape of 16-year-old girl

A pizza deliveryman who allegedly masqueraded as a police officer and raped a 16-year-old girl in Oct 2013 went on trial in the High Court on Tue (May 24).

Muhammad Firman Jumali Chew, 30, allegedly saw the girl and her boyfriend behaving intimately at the staircase landing of a Woodlands block on Oct 9, 2013. He stopped the couple and demanded they produce their identity cards, telling them he was a police officer, prosecutors said.

Worried that Firman would report their actions to their parents and school, the couple, both 16, said they complied. Firman then led the girl away from her boyfriend and asked her what she would give him in return for keeping silent. The teen offered Firman money for helping her, but he raped her instead, prosecutors said.

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16-yr-old prostitute, who serviced 207 men in 12 days

A 16-yr-old Sri Lankan, whose family was having financial woes, was recruited by her neighbours to work in S'pore as a prostitute, a court heard.

The neighbours promised the teen that she would be able to make $1,500 within a month.

Over 12 days, she serviced 207 men in a brothel at 20, Jalan Suka, located between Lorong 22 and Lorong 24 Geylang.

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Underage Sex Scandal
48 men have been charged in court for paying for sex with an underage prostitute. Another 14 are under probe.

The accused include civil servants, high flyers in the finance industry, and other notable figures. 80 men have been implicated in the case. More charges are expected to be filed.

Paid sex with a minor carries a jail term of up to seven years and a possible fine.

44 men charged with having paid sex with minor named
left: Lee Lip Hong, former principal of Pei Chun Public School, is the only one among the men charged to plead guilty to having paid sex with an underage girl; Right: Businessman Foo Kim Meng is said to have had sex with the girl at least four times, the most among the men

44 men, including nine civil servants, were charged in court on Monday with having paid sex with an underaged girl.

Among them, was ex-principal of Pei Chun Public School, Lee Lip Hong, 39, who was the only one who pleaded guilty.

Man charged with rape and sexual grooming of 12-year-old girl
A man was charged in court on Tuesday with raping a 12-yr-old girl and sexual grooming of the minor

Lee Seow Peng, 38, is alleged to have raped the girl at a public carpark at Chinese Gardens in Jurong sometime on May 29, 2012.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 20 yrs with at least 12 strokes of the cane, reports The Straits Times.

The second charge accuses him of sexual grooming by having communicated with the girl on at least two previous occasions before the alleged statutory rape.

Man, 21, jailed for having sex with girl, 13

His crimes could have gone unnoticed, if not for the fact that the 13-yr-old girl was discovered to be pregnant during a medical check in a hospital in July this year.

Muhammad Nur Hakim Abdullah, 21, had met the teen in January. The next day, she agreed to be his girlfriend. She cannot be named as she is a minor.

Yesterday, Muhammad was sentenced to a total of 17 months' jail - 12 months for two charges of sexually penetrating a minor and 5 months for 2 charges of being absent for urine tests.

Ex-teacher had sex with student, 15

A 15-yr-old student suffered psychological problems, an eating disorder and even considered suicide after she had sex with a teacher, a district court heard on Tuesday.

According to a report in The Straits Times, the Secondary 3 student experienced intense and prolonged psychological distress, feelings of guilt, shame, disgust and self-blame and had poor sleep during her sexual relationship with the teacher between September 2012 and January 2013.

The 33-yr-old accused, a local merit scholar who is now unemployed, admitted to five of 10 charges - one of committing an obscene act with a young person by French kissing her mouth and caressing her breasts and four of having sex with her.

Other teacher-student sex cases

April 3, 2013
A 30-year-old relief teacher who had sex four times with his student, then 13, was jailed for 18 months. Ross Ryan Kristiaensen had asked the girl to be his girlfriend, had sex with her and then promised to marry her. The two became close after a salad-making competition at the end of July 2009.

April 2, 2013
A former secondary school teacher, 31, was jailed for nine months for molesting his student in a shower cubicle. The teacher used soap to rub the 13-yr-old boy's body and private parts at a condominium in Bishan in May 2010. He had invited the victim and his friend there for a swim. He molested the boy when they showered at cubicles near the pool.

March 14, 2013
A primary school teacher who had sex with one of her pupils, then 13, was jailed for a year. The 32-year-old married mother of three had sex with the teen four times, had oral sex once, and committed an obscene act with him once between May 2011 and July 2011.

Feb 23, 2009
A former primary school teacher was jailed for 10 months for being sexually intimate with an underage boy. She was the first woman in Singapore to be hauled to court for the offence.
The married teacher, then 31, had sex with the boy, then 15, six times - twice in her flat and four times in a chalet - between March and May 2008. They had met during an overseas trip when he was still in Primary 6 in her school.

Oct 29, 2012
A teacher in a top school was jailed for a year for having sex with an underage student from her school. The 32-yr-old married mother of two engaged in sexual activities with the boy, then 15, a total of nine times between December 2011 and January last year. The boy became close to her shortly after a boating accident during a student leaders' camp in Bintan in October 2011.

Singapore pastor charged for sex with underage girl

A Singaporean pastor was charged Monday with having sex with a 15-yr-old girl who belonged to his congregation, police and local media said.

No details were released by the police but the Straits Times identified him as a 45-yr-old father of three.

His name was withheld in order to protect the identity of the 15-yr-old girl with whom he allegedly had intercourse in a public park and oral sex inside the church premises in 2011, according to the report.

Man, 54, sexually abuses 5-year-old girl with promise of ice cream
54-year-old Chin Wei Foong has been sentenced to eight years' jail

A man who lured a five-yr-old girl away from her family and then proceeded to sexually abuse her has been sentenced to jail for 8 years.

The unemployed man, 54-year-old Chin Wei Foong, lured the girl away with the promise of ice cream, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

The incident happened on the morning of March 9. The girl had arrived in Singapore from Malaysia that morning with her mother and grandmother.

Man gets 10 months' jail for sex with 14-year-old girl

A man who paid for the sexual services of a 14-yr-old girl was sentenced to 10 months' jail on Thursday for underage sex.

Abdul Rahim Abubakar, 30, a boarding officer, had admitted to one of three charges of sexual penetration of a minor at a flat in Telok Blangah Crescent sometime in Feb 2012.

Two other charges of unnatural sex with the minor were considered during his sentencing.

Underage-sex offender has jail term upped to 10 months

A 23-yr-old production worker who pressured a secondary schoolgirl he met online into having sex with him had his original jail term of four months increased to 10 months yesterday after the prosecution appealed to the High Court.

Qiu Shuihua had been due to be released on Thursday. But Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin agreed with the prosecution that the district judge who sentenced him last year was wrong to find that there was a genuine romantic relationship between Qiu and the 14-yr-old girl.

Justice Chao said that while the girl had expressed affection for Qiu, he had used "emotional blackmail" to get her to have sex with him.

Serial molester jailed 20 months for touching 10-year-old boy

A serial molester who touched a 10-yr-old boy living near him was jailed for a year and eight months on Thursday.

Teo Koon Tian approached the youngster as he played with his mobile phone at a void deck table and told him he was "cute and handsome", then twice touched him on the cheeks.

Although the boy ignored him, the 57-yr-old sat down next to him and rubbed his thigh repeatedly, despite the victim's attempts to push his hands away.

Paedophiles in the news

Between 2004 and 2005, Sashi Kumar Pubalasingam sexually assaulted three women near where he lived.

Dubbed the "Clementi monster", he attacked his first victim, then aged 67, just weeks after being released from Reformative Training Centre (RTC) where he was sent for molesting his female classmates.

Although investigators got the attacker's DNA from the semen, they didn't know it was Sashi Kumar.

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