Malaysian teen jailed three weeks for underage sex

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian teen was sentenced to three weeks in jail for sex with a minor on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old, who worked in Singapore, and the 15-year-old victim cannot be named because of a gag order.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of having sex with a person under 16, and eight other charges were taken into consideration during sentencing.

Sex with a girl under 16 is a crime even if she gives her consent.

The court heard that the two got to know each other at a food centre in October last year. The victim, then in secondary three, was working part-time as a stall assistant, while the Malaysian teen worked as a cleaner.

In November, they got into a relationship. It was the victim's first. A few days later, the teen asked the victim to have sex with him. She initially refused but later agreed to it, and they had sex in his rented flat. They had sex at the flat on several occasions, and once at a staircase landing.

In January, the teen sent a text message to the victim while she was in school and told her he wanted to call off the relationship.

The victim was visibly upset and was referred by the school discipline master to a school counsellor. She later told the counsellor about the sexual relationship.

A few days, later, the victim went to a hospital for a medical examination with her father and the school counsellor, and was told to lodge a police report. The victim was also tested positive for chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection.

The accused could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined for having sex with a person under 16 years old.