Monday, April 27, 2009

3 fined for sex with teen

Singapore: THREE men, aged between 21 and 24, were fined $3,000 on Monday for having sex with an underaged girl on separate occasions from August 2006 to January 2007.

The court heard that the affairs of two of the men with the then 15-year-old girl came to light after she reported to police in February 2007, claiming that she was raped by her boyfriend. At that time, she was pregnant but she later got an abortion.

She came to know her then 20-year-old boyfriend in early 2006 through an ex-boyfriend, who is also one of the three convicted of having underaged sex with her. They became a couple and in January the following year, they had sex in a hotel in Geylang.

A month later, she found out she was pregnant and admitted her condition to a school teacher who confronted her about her larger-than-usual stomach. She got an abortion in early April 2007.

As for the other two men, the court was told that she knew them over internet chatlines. In both cases, she kept in touch with them after exchanging contact details. In August 2006, she got into a relationship with a 22-year-old man who was serving his National Service and they had sex at a Geylang hotel about three weeks after they got to know each other.

After the relationship ended a few weeks later, she moved on to a 19-year-old youth whom she had also gotten to know online. Barely five days after they were a couple, she went to his Bedok flat and had sex with him in his room. They broke up shortly after when she initiated the split.

All three men pleaded for leniency. One of them asked for a lighter sentence as his parents were both not working and he was the one paying the mortgage on their house.

In sentencing, District Judge Jasbendar Kaur noted that while all parties were consensual, it was still unforgivable as no one should be having sex with anyone under 16 years old.

Those found guilty of having sex with a girl below 16 years old can be jailed for a maximum of 5 years and fined up to $10,000.

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