Married man lured girl, 14, to his home for sex

A married man who met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and lured her to his home for sex barely 24 hours later was jailed for 20 months on Tuesday.
A married man who met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and lured her to his home for sex barely 24 hours later was jailed for 20 months on Tuesday.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A married man who met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and lured her to his home for sex barely 24 hours later was jailed for 20 months on Tuesday.

Former information technology professional Sachin Pravin Dere, 39, pleaded guilty to three out of five charges of sex with a minor.

Dere used a photo of himself with a dog as his profile picture and sent the youngster a friend request on October 14 last year.

While exchanging private messages he invited her to his Flora Drive condominium to play with his dogs the next day.

After playing with them for a while, he sat with the girl on the sofa, put his arm around her and began to kiss her.

He later took her to his bedroom where they had unprotected sex, and then to the bathroom where he also abused her before she said she wanted to stop.

A week later he invited her to his place a second time and sexually abused her again.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Delicia Tan, who sought a total sentence of 20 to 24 months, said: "The manner in which the accused befriended the minor and swiftly advanced to lure the minor to his house on the pretext of inviting her to play with his dogs showed a conscious, deliberate and systematic pattern of offending."

Dere, whose wife was in court, could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each charge.