Youth, 17, on probation for sex with minor reoffends with 13-year-old girl in same month

·Senior Reporter
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A teen girl crouched on the floor.
A teen girl crouched on the floor. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — In the same month that he had been placed on probation for having sex with minors, a 17-year-old boy reoffended with a 13-year-old girl.

He had sex with the victim, who had been reported as lost, at his house.

On Monday (10 January), he pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual penetration of a minor under 16 and was ordered to undergo an assessment for reformative training. District Judge May Mesenas also asked for a probation progress report to check how he has been faring in his current probation term.

Two charges of causing hurt will be taken into consideration when he is sentenced on 31 January.

Both the victim and 17-year-old boy cannot be named due to a gag order protecting their identities.

The pair got into a relationship on 5 August last year. In the same month, the boy invited the girl to his home after telling her that no one was home.

While there, he brought her into a room and they engaged in sexual activities. He was aware that the victim was under 16.

On 8 September last year, at around 2pm, the victim again visited the boy’s house where they engaged in sexual acts in his room. After the act, he instructed her to leave the house before him, as he did not want CCTVs to capture them together.

At about 4.17pm the same day, the police received a call that the victim, who had been reported as lost, had been found. The police also received information about the boy and the victim engaging in underage sex.

Boy was 'untruthful' with probation officer

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jeremy Bin urged the court to call for a reformative training report, noting that the boy had already been sentenced to probation on 20 August last year on charges of sexual penetration of a minor involving 14- and 15-year-old victims.

DPP Bin said, “The present incidents occurred during August 2021, and on 8 September 2021. In short, the accused continued to re-offend while he was being assessed for probation, and/or immediately after he was sentenced.”

In his previous probation report, the boy had claimed that he had been distancing himself from young female acquaintances. As a result, his risk of re-offending had been deemed as “low”. DPP Bin pointed out that the boy had been “untruthful” in his claim to the probation officer.

The prosecutor added that he had physically abused the same victim twice, showing a pattern of increasingly serious criminal behaviour”.

Probation is usually given to offenders below the age of 21 and does not result in a criminal record. However, if the boy is found to have reoffended while on probation, he may be deemed to have breached his probation and may be sentenced afresh for his previous offences.

In the boy’s case, probation was not suitable given the seriousness of the charges and his recalcitrance, the DPP added.

Reformative training is a more serious sentencing option for offenders under the age of 21, and results in a criminal record.

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