15 months' jail for having sex with girl, 13

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular who had sex with a 13-year-old girl has been jailed for 15 months. The offence came to light when her parents arrived home to find him at their flat.

Tan Yong Jin, 24, and the minor had already dressed when her mother and father found them.

The teenager, who cannot be named, then admitted to having taken part in sexual activities with him. Her mother alerted the police.

The SAF sergeant was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of performing consensual sexual acts with the child, who was a Secondary 2 student at the time.

Tan got to know the girl through Facebook in November 2016 and they became friends.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Amanda Chong said he was aware that she was under 14.

The pair stayed in contact after meeting for lunch later that month and began to exchange sexually charged messages. At around 11am on Jan 8 last year, the girl asked Tan to meet her at Clementi Mall.

Two hours later, they went to a nearby cinema. When the movie ended at around 3.30pm, they took a bus to the girl's home in Jurong to have sex as her parents were out.

DPP Chong said: "They were not in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Upon reaching her residence, the victim made a check to confirm her parents were not at home before leading the accused up to her residence. Inside her residence, she led the accused into her parents' bedroom."

Tan then had unprotected sexual intercourse with the girl and she performed oral sex on him.

Her parents came home after the pair had got dressed and saw Tan inside the flat. The girl admitted to them what she had done and her mother called the police. Officers turned up to arrest him.

Yesterday, District Judge Wong Li Tein said that Tan "should have known better". For each count of sexually penetrating the minor, Tan could have been jailed for up to 20 years and fined or caned.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2018, with the headline '15 months' jail for having sex with girl, 13'. Print Edition | Subscribe