- A former physics teacher is facing 8 years of jail time for having sex and getting his underage student pregnant.
- Their relationship started in 2015, and had continued until November 2016.
- The man denies any allegations, and pleads for a lighter sentence.
SINGAPORE – on Aug. 30, a former secondary school physics teacher was sentenced to eight years in jail for having sex with one of his underage students when she was just 15 in 2015.
The now 41-year-old man, whose name cannot be mentioned in order to protect the girl’s identity, was convicted of 19 counts of sexual penetration, which occurred on 10 occasions in August and September 2015 at his residence.
The former teacher had taught the teenage girl science and physics for all four years of her secondary education from 2012 to 2015. In December 2013, he offered to give the girl private tutoring in physics and the tutoring would continue until November 2015.
During the June school holidays that year, he would then invite the victim to his house outside of the tuition sessions. It was then where their budding relationship would foster. Sometime in July that year, he had confessed his feelings for her and she subsequently agreed to be in a relationship with him.
The Deputy Public Prosecutors have stated that “the victim would spend time with the accused at his house. To hide their relationship, they would ensure that the accused’s mother was not at home and the neighbors did not see her coming to and leaving the house. During these times, the accused started to become physically intimate with the victim.”
They broke up in 2016, and the girl found out that she was 16 weeks pregnant with his baby in November that year. Now, the girl is 19 and the mother of their two-year-old child.
In sentencing the former teacher, District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt said that the man had “exploited” the teenager’s feelings, and had added that the offender had not shown any remorse by contesting the charges.
The man’s lawyers are pleading for his sentence to be reduced to 5 years in jail, saying that the perpetrator “wishes to put this regrettable episode of his life behind him.”
For each count of sexually penetrating a minor, the former teacher could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined. He denied engaging in any penetrative sexual activities with the victim before she turned 16. – The Straits Times