Headline: 非礼三女学生 教师坐牢挨鞭
Page Heading: 新加坡新闻
Teacher gets jail, caning for molesting teenage students
Offender, 32, abused his position of trust, says judge
By Elena Chong, Court Correspondent
THE school teacher lured his 16-year-old student to his home on the pretext that they watch taped American basketball games together, but he ended up molesting her.
Yesterday, the 32-year-old father of one was packed off to jail for 19 months. With the teacher's wife sobbing in the background, the judge also ordered that the bespectacled man be given six strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to molesting the girl three times.
Seven other similar charges involving the victim and two other girls were considered. The teacher cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victims.
The court heard that the teacher had invited the 16-year-old victim to his house in December 2005.
He is believed to have been working with her basketball team in school. But when she arrived, he claimed there was a 'blackout'. He then suggested that he try out a new massage technique he had read about on the Internet.
He told her to change into a T-shirt. She complied, but baulked and refused when he suggested that she remove her shorts.
The student lay face down while he applied an analgesic cream - meant to relieve pain - and started massaging her legs and thighs.
Suddenly, he pulled down her shorts and continued to massage her. The student reported that she was too afraid to protest.
After the massage, both of them headed for the sofa where he pulled her onto his lap and molested her by touching her breast and crotch.
Later when she tried changing back into her school uniform, he pulled down her blouse and touched her breast again.
A few months later, in March last year, the court heard that the teacher met the victim in a classroom after her basketball game and complained about her performance.
He then pulled her onto his lap, kissed her several times, making her cry. While leading her to the door, he hugged her and touched her right breast a few times.
Yesterday, the teacher's lawyer pleaded for a minimum sentence. She told the court he had been depressed and had to have treatment to deal with stress and the deaths of his parents. His mother died some two weeks before he molested the victim on Dec 9, 2005.
She also pointed out that he had written a letter of apology and made out a $5,000 cheque to the victim. But Assistant Public Prosecutor Eugene Kwang pressed for a deterrent sentence, saying this was a clear case of abuse of trust.
District Judge Wong Choon Ning agreed. She lambasted him for abusing his position of trust and said these were 'very serious crimes' against 'very young victims'.
Each charge carries a maximum jail term of up to two years or a fine or caning, or any two such punishments.