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Former journalist jailed 18 months for having underage sex with 15-year-old

Published on Jun 9, 2014 12:16 PM
Former journalist Eisen Teo was sentenced to 18 months' jail for having sex with a minor. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A former journalist with The Straits Times (ST) was sentenced to 18 months' jail on Monday for having sex with a minor.

Eisen Teo Guan Kuan, 29, who faced three charges, pleaded guilty to engaging in oral sex with a 15-year-old girl in a male toilet cubicle at Fort Canning Park in early 2012. Teo, who is married, also admitted to having sex with her at his flat in Serangoon Avenue 1 on June 23 that year when his wife was baking in the kitchen.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Amanda Chong Wei-Zhen said Teo, who was a Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) scholarship recipient, was part of the ST schools team, which among other things, conducted activities for students through its IN Crowd media club.

His scope of work included providing guidance and acting as a mentor to about a dozen student journalists in the media club. Teo had first met the victim through his work at the newspaper in 2011. She was 14 at the time.

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