Primary school Chinese teacher charged with sexually assaulting girl, 12

A primary school Chinese teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl appeared in court on Monday to face four charges.
A primary school Chinese teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl appeared in court on Monday to face four charges.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A primary school Chinese teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl appeared in court on Monday to face four charges.

Du Tao, 35, allegedly penetrated the girl with his fingers at a flat in Punggol last March.

He also faces three charges of sexual exploitation of a child, after he allegedly tried to kiss and hug her, touch her breasts and perform a sex act on her. He is also accused of trying to make her perform a sex act on him.

His case was adjourned to July 13 as Du said he intended to hire a lawyer. He is currently out on $15,000 bail.

For sexual penetration of a minor, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine. For sexual exploitation of a child, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

rkurohi@sph.com.sg