Cop jailed for receiving sexual favours from maid accused of theft

A police staff sergeant was jailed for 14 months on Tuesday after receiving sexual favours from a maid arrested for stealing from her employers.

Parthivan Ramaya, 34, admitted three of four charges of corruptly obtaining bribes in the form of physical intimacy and sex from Ms Dwi Sulistiani. In exchange, he recommended lenient treatment for the 25-year-old Indonesian.

The offences took place in January last year at Ang Mo Kio Police Division headquarters, where he was a senior investigation officer, and his flat in Yishun.

The court heard that while interviewing her at the station, he told her of the consequences of her offence and asked if she wanted his help.

She agreed - but he then told her to help him first.

After her statement was recorded, Parthivan said he would help her to return to Indonesia and told her to touch him.

He then groped her buttocks and took her to a different interview room where he hugged and kissed her.

The next day, after administering a warning to the maid, he took her home and had sex with her in the living room. They had sex again while showering together.

The court heard that the maid had sex with him because she thought that Parthivan had been lenient with her theft case as she was only given a warning and not charged.

It was not revealed in court how the staff sergeant was caught.

Pressing for a stiff sentence, Deputy Public Prosecutor Haniza Abnass said Parthivan had abused his position of trust as a senior investigation officer, adding: "It is necessary to send a strong message to serving officers that such transgressions will not be condoned. If left unchecked, such offences would erode public confidence in our law enforcement agencies."

He could have been fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each charge.

- The Straits Times


Man touches five-year-old girl after luring her with the promise of ice cream

With her family members not paying attention, a 54-year-old unemployed man lured a five-year-old girl away from a Housing Board void deck with the promise of ice cream.

He led her to another block, pulled down her pants and underwear, before putting his finger into her.

Chin Wei Foong then got his victim the ice cream as promised, but was arrested as he was bringing her back.

On Friday, he was sentenced to eight years' jail after pleading guilty to sexually penetrating her private parts, between 9am and 10.31am on March 9 this year.

The court heard that around 6am, the girl, a Malaysian, had arrived in Singapore together with her family. They stopped by her aunt's flat in Tampines.

Then the child followed her aunt and grandmother to another block nearby, to attend a recycling event organised by a charity. Chin was also present at the event, where he spotted the girl sitting at the void deck pulling ring tabs from drink cans.

He watched her for half an hour before approaching her and asking if she wanted ice cream. She agreed and followed him to a void deck about 10 minutes away, remaining silent as he committed the offence.

Chin also admitted to kidnapping the girl from her guardian, and an unrelated charge of molesting another 10-year-old girl by slapping her buttock. He could have been jailed up to 20 years and fined, but cannot be caned as he is over the age of 50.

- The Straits Times


Jump in rape cases in Singapore involving girls under 14

Changing attitudes towards sex and increasing parental awareness of statutory rape laws could be reasons the number of rape cases in Singapore has jumped by almost half, say experts.

Police revealed yesterday that 91 rape cases were reported in the first six months of this year - 30 more than the 61 over the same period last year. There were 120 reported rape cases in the whole of last year, marking a gradual slide over recent years, until now.

Of the 91 newer cases, 40 involved girls under the age of 14. From January to June last year, there were just 23 such reports.

It is illegal to have sex with a person under the age of 16, even if it is consensual. If the minor is a girl below 14, the offence is considered statutory rape, with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine or caning.

According to the police's report yesterday, the rise in reported rape cases is largely attributed to an increase in the number of statutory rape cases involving female minors under 14 years of age who had consensual sex.

Most of the culprits were youth offenders and known to the victims, added the report. It also highlighted the important role schools, parents and the community have in educating young people against underage sex.

The increase in rape figures is not surprising, given the growing promiscuity among young people here, said Singapore Children's Society's senior director of youth services, Dr Carol Balhetchet.

"Anecdotally we have seen a rise in more consensual sex among teenagers. They don't see it as such a big deal," said the clinical psychologist. "But a lot more parents are aware this is a crime and more are also going to the police to make reports."

The mother of three said the statistics were worrying as "they reflect on the laissez-faire attitudes today with regard to something I feel is very important to the future lives of our young".

"Having casual sexual relationships can lead to sexually transmitted diseases, getting pregnant, abortions... The most important thing parents can do is to have open conversations and good relationships with their children, so they can share their concerns and values."

The Ministry of Education (MOE), when queried, said abstinence is promoted as the best protection for teenagers in schools.

An MOE spokesman told The Straits Times that students are also taught the possible consequences of sexual activity, for instance, that premarital and casual sex have undesirable risks. They are also given information on the law, said the spokesman.

How much of the increase in rape cases is due to growing frequency of rape or more people willing to go to the police is hard to verify, said Ms Jolene Tan, the programmes and communications senior manager of Aware.

The gender equality advocacy group runs a drop-in centre for female victims of sexual assault.

"Our experience at the centre is consistent with the global trend - that rape and other sexual offences are significantly under- reported," said Ms Tan. "This means there is plenty of scope for the figures to increase through increased reporting alone."

She also said that there should be a clear distinction made between consensual cases involving sexual exploration between peers who are very close in age, and cases where there is no consent.

"We must shift the focus away from judging people's choices about their bodies, and instead encourage everyone involved in sexual activity to take proactive steps to ensure they have consent from their partners."

- The Straits Times

Social media putting youth at risk of sexual crime

Social media sites such as Facebook serve as a platform for youth to meet more people online, putting them at risk of engaging in sexual behaviour, said counsellors and social workers.

Mr Wilson Tan, executive director of Youth Guidance Outreach Services, said the agency has seen a rise in the number of youngsters engaging in relationships at a much earlier age.

“Many do admit that they are physically intimate with them (their partners),” he added. “Some are very bold and curious in such matters. They would sometime boast that they have unprotected sexual intercourse.”

Many youths today are also a lot more open to the idea of having sex, noted Mr Low Kar Leong, a social worker at Care Corner Singapore. “Sometimes, youths may not be assertive enough to reject sex,” he said.

With pornography easily available online, the young can also get the wrong idea about sex and have the desire “to want to do it”, Mr Low added.

Sex education and parents’ monitoring of their children’s activities and behaviour are also important to prevent the young from engaging in risky sexual behaviour. Senior assistant director of Fei Yue Family Service Centre, Mrs Rachel Lee, said it is important for youngsters to learn about the circumstances that can result in a pregnancy, among other things. Such knowledge about sex will enable them to protect themselves and know when to say “no”, she added.

For parents, changes in their child’s behaviour should set the alarm bells ringing, counsellors said.

These include often staying out late or staying over at a friend’s place, or choosing to stay at home during family gatherings, said Mr Tan.

Parents must also know how to talk about sex with their children.

Mrs Lee noted that some parents are not comfortable in talking about such things and they may sometimes come across as nagging. When it comes to the topic of sex, parents should be having a discussion with their children, instead of instructing them on the dos and don’ts, she added.

- TODAY newspaper


Lifeguard gets 10 months for sexual offence with 15-year-old

A lifeguard was sentenced to 10 months' jail on Tuesday for performing oral sex on a 15-year-old student.

Chew Ee Cheong, 31, had admitted to committing the sexual act with the teen at a shower cubicle at Bukit Batok Swimming Complex in February this year.

Another charge of committing an obscene act with a young person by rubbing his private parts against the victim's anus was considered during his sentencing.

The court heard last month that the victim got to know Chew, who worked at Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex, at Bukit Batok Swimming Complex sometime in February this year.

One day, after a swim, Chew approached the youngster in the toilet and signalled him to follow him into a shower cubicle. He then removed the victim's swimming trunks and touched him. After showering, Chew met the victim again and obtained his contact number before they left.

On March 17, the victim consulted a doctor when he discovered warts on his anus. He told the doctor that he had had a sexual encounter with a man. A staff of the clinic made a police report four days later.

Chew, who was arrested on April 2, was sent for screening and was diagnosed with syphilis.

District Judge Lim Tse Haw told Chew that as a lifeguard in a public pool, his duty was to protect the life and safety of the users.

"Instead, you have betrayed the trust by taking advantage of the immaturity of the victim to commit the indecent act on the victim. I see that as an aggravating factor,'' he said.

Chew, who was allowed to defer sentence until Friday, could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined.

- The Straits Times


Ex-teacher jailed 22 months for indecent acts with pupil

A physical education teacher who entered into a relationship with his pupil - despite her being 20 years his junior - was jailed for 22 months yesterday.

The 34-year-old teacher, who cannot be named to protect his victim's identity, became friends with the girl on Facebook in late 2011.

He pleaded guilty to four of six charges of committing an indecent act as well as procuring a child to commit an indecent act.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Koh Huimin said that in early 2012, he expressed feelings for the then 12-year-old foreign pupil and they began dating soon after.

In March that year, they went to Lakeside Park in Jurong one evening where they hugged and kissed each other. Shortly after that, he put his hands under her clothes and touched her.

Eight months later he was alone with her in her family's flat when he suggested that they shower together. She agreed and they hugged, kissed and applied soap on each other. On a different occasion at the flat, they were chatting when he took her hands and placed them inside his trousers.

Another time, she lay naked on a bed with him and he persuaded her to perform an indecent act.

APP Koh said the teacher suddenly decided to break up with her in February last year and changed his mobile number.

When he did not respond to her messages and avoided her, she felt angry and upset and reported the matter to her principal.

The principal lodged a police report in August last year.

APP Koh told the court that there is a strong public policy governing the protection of young and vulnerable people, who are often easily influenced.

There was also planning and pre-meditation involved as the accused had built a relationship with the victim before committing the offences. He had also breached the trust placed in him.

"As a teacher and educator, the accused should not have defiled and corrupted the young victim."

District Judge Salina Ishak took into consideration the significant age gap between the accused and the victim, that he had initiated the relationship with her and the abuse of trust. She also noted it was not a one-off transgression.

The accused, who has left the school, could have been fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each charge under the Children and Young Persons Act.

- The Straits Times


Storekeeper, 17, started with stealing of school uniforms and progressed to molesting girls

He started by stealing school uniforms, using at least one set to masturbate and progressed to molesting two young girls he had found "cute and lovable".

In eight instances over the past two years, Tony Tan Tong Li, 17, took garments that had been hung out to dry by neighbours in his Hougang estate.

With the girls, aged 11 and nine, his modus operandi was to approach them on the pretext of needing help to carry newspapers.

On Friday, Tony admitted to 10 charges arising from the acts, committed between 2012 and March this year in his Hougang neighbourhood. He also admitted to another two counts, involving two bicycles he was found with but could not account for.

A storekeeper at the time of his arrest, he is expected to be sentenced on Aug 29, after a court called for reports on his suitability for probation and reformative training.

The court heard that Tony's most recent theft was of a uniform and a physical education t-shirt from Holy Innocents High School. On Jan 16 this year, he made off with the garments after spotting them hanging outside his victim's HDB flat along Hougang Avenue 10.

Tony admitted he had brought the school uniforms to the top floor of a nearby block of flats, masturbated, and thrown the items away. He also admitted to having a habit of searching his neighbourhood for young girls to chat up, and hopefully touch.

On March 27 this year, he molested an 11-year-old girl at a staircase landing.

While being investigated for this, he told police he had also touched a nine-year-old girl on March 12 last year. He fled after the girl screamed for help.

The prescribed penalty for outraging the modesty of a person under the age of 14 is a jail term of five years, caning, and fine.

- The Straits Times

One abused two schoolgirls, the other touched boy in void deck

A SERIAL molester who abused two young girls on their way to school was sentenced to seven years' preventive detention due to the risk he posed to society.

Odd job worker Lee Kia Kit, 48, has a history of molestation offences over the last three years. But prison time failed to change him and he was back to his old ways soon after his release each time, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Paul Wong Chun Yi.

District Judge Ng Peng Hong agreed that to protect the public, Lee, who is mildly intellectually disabled, had to be put behind bars for a substantial period.

On March 3, he kissed the cheek of a 13-year-old student near a bus stop in Bedok North Avenue 2. He had approached the girl, told her not to be afraid and that he was her friend, and then suddenly kissed her.

Two days later, he approached a 15-year-old girl at the open carpark of Block 510, Bedok North Street 3. He placed his hand on her shoulder and asked her repeatedly where she was going.

He continued holding her by the shoulder to prevent her from leaving. He then touched her and rubbed his hand up and down her chest. She was so badly shaken that she stood there for some time even after he had fled.

The judge highlighted that outraging the modesty of a girl by wrongfully restraining her was a serious offence which carried between two and 10 years' jail and mandatory caning.

In another court yesterday, a 57-year-old man who touched a 10-year-old boy living near him was jailed for a year and eight months.

Teo Koon Tian had been convicted of a similar offence against a 13-year-old boy in 2004 and was sentenced to 15 months in jail plus nine strokes of the cane.

This time, he was spared the cane because of his age.

But District Judge Siva Shanmugam highlighted the seriousness of the latest incident because of the significant age disparity, the persistent nature of the act and the fact that he had committed the offence in a public place near the boy's home.

On July 18, Teo had approached the boy as he played with his mobile phone at a void deck in Yishun, told him he was "cute and handsome", and touched him twice on the cheeks.

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

Teo later walked away but was arrested after the boy's family saw him loitering in the area while they were on their way to a police station to make a report.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Joshua Lim, referring to Teo's pre-vious conviction, said: "This is a case of 'once bitten, not shy'."

- The Straits Times

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