Singaporean man detained in Batam for sodomising children

Mohammad Asri Sapuan, allegedly committed the crime between Sept 16 and Sept 24 at a house where he stayed in the Nongsa area in Batam.
Mohammad Asri Sapuan, allegedly committed the crime between Sept 16 and Sept 24 at a house where he stayed in the Nongsa area in Batam.PHOTO: F. PANGESTU

JAKARTA - A 46-year-old Singaporean man has been arrested and detained on the Indonesian island of Batam on charges of sodomising children, local police said.

Mohammad Asri Sapuan, an entrepreneur, allegedly committed the crime between Sept 16 and Sept 24 at a house where he stayed in the Nongsa area in Batam, according to a police statement released on Thursday (Oct 12).

Asri's belongings from the Nongsa house, which included body lotion, a Mickey Mouse-patterned mattress, a blanket and a pillow, were confiscated by police to help with the investigation. Police also seized his two cars and Singapore passport.

A local community leader in Nongsa told The Straits Times that Asri set up an arts learning centre for children in Batam to attract his victims.

Under Indonesian child protection laws, anyone found guilty of sodomising children can face a jail sentence of up to 15 years.

Batam police chief, Colonel Hengki,  said preliminary investigation showed that the total number of victims was three. He  appealed to residents living nearby to contact police if they know of any other victims.

'The culprit has overstayed in Batam for more than three years. His passport was last stamped on Jan 30, 2014," Colonel Hengki said.

ST understands the consulate general in Batam is aware of the case, and that Asri has not asked for assistance.