Engineer jailed 8 months for molesting 2 teens

An air force engineer who molested a 13-year-old girl in a lift and another teenager on a bus was jailed for eight months yesterday.
An air force engineer who molested a 13-year-old girl in a lift and another teenager on a bus was jailed for eight months yesterday.PHOTO: ST FILE

He touched one teen's breast on a bus and brushed against buttocks of another in a lift

An air force engineer who molested a 13-year-old girl in a lift and another teenager on a bus was jailed for eight months yesterday.

Andrew Teng Ye Feng, 26, who has been suspended from duty since last October, pleaded guilty to two charges.

A court heard he followed the 13-year-old student from a bus stop to a Woodlands HDB block and got into a lift with her and two women on Sept 17 last year.

When the women got out, Teng stood behind her and brushed against her buttocks. She also saw him trying to pull down his pants from the reflection in a glass panel in the lift.

Feeling uncomfortable, she frantically pressed the buttons to open the lift door.

She exited on the 12th floor and ran to her aunt's house where she phoned her mother and told her what had happened.

On Sept 8 last year, Teng boarded SBS Service No. 143 at Jurong East Bus Interchange along with an 18-year-old student. She went to the upper deck and sat in the second-last row. He sat behind her.

When the bus was travelling along West Coast Road, she felt something touching her breast. When she realised it was Teng, she was outraged and said to him: "Excuse me?'' Teng quickly moved his hand away.

His lawyer, Mr Lee Ah Fong, said Teng committed the offences out of "mischief'' but could not understand his own actions, adding that he had sought psychiatric and psychotherapy treatment.

The maximum punishment for molesting a girl below 14 is five years' jail, a fine and caning.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2015, with the headline 'Engineer jailed 8 months for molesting 2 teens'. Print Edition | Subscribe