Man jailed for having sex with girl, 14, who split the bill for abortion with him

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old man made a 14-year-old girl pregnant and subsequently split the bill equally for her abortion, a court heard.

Leon Yap committed four sexual offences including one of oral sex last year when he was out on bail for a series of upskirt offfences.

On Monday (March 5), he was jailed for 16 months after he pleaded guilty to three underage sex and three upskirt offences. Seven other charges were taken into consideration in sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling said the girl got to know Yap through an online dating application OKCupid some time in mid-May last year and they started chatting.

She told him she was 15. He told her his name and that he was 22.

Not long later, before May 31, she went to his home at Hougang Avenue 10 and met him for the first time. He brought her to his room and they had unprotected sex. He then sent her to the MRT station.

She went to his home again on May 30, and they again had consensual sex. The third time she had sex with him was on June 4 after performing oral sex on him.

On June 26, the girl tested herself with a pregnancy test kit as she missed her period. She tested positive for pregnancy.

She told Yap about it and he found a clinic for her where she was scheduled for an abortion on July 3. They split the abortion bill - which was not stated in court papers - equally.

On June 29, her family found a receipt for the pregnancy kit in her wallet. She then admitted that she had sex with Yap. A police report was lodged.

"The victim subsequently underwent an abortion in July 2017 and the product of conception was tested and DNA comparison indicated that the accused was the father,'' said DPP Chee.

On the other charges, DPP Chee said Yap took upskirt videos of three women at MRT stations - at Raffles Place MRT station and Tanjong Pagar MRT station on Sept 9, 2016; and at the staircase leading to Bras Basah MRT station on Sept 16 the same year.

On the last occasion , a group of women saw Yap using his mobile phone to take a video of the victim and told a Certis Cisco security who stopped him. Police were called.

Yap had sent one upskirt image to a friend but did not upload it to the Internet or disseminate the video recordings which were recorded out of curiosity and to satisfy his "sexual excitement''.

DPP Chee had sought a total sentence of 15 months and six weeks for Yap.

Citing aggravating factors, she said he had unprotected sex with the girl on all of the three occasions they met.

There was high degree of harm to the victim through unwanted pregnancy and the psychological trauma of abortion. He also committed these offences while he was being investigated for upskirt offences, she said.

Yap could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined for each charge of sexual penetration of a minor; and for insulting of modesty, a jail term of up to one year and/or fined for each count.