Teacher admits having sex with student

He began five-year affair with her when she was 13 and he was a tenant in her flat

A teacher began courting his student when she was 13, and had a sexual relationship with her for about five years. They had sex in hotel rooms, rented cars and at her home, where he was a tenant, a district court heard yesterday. He secretly filmed the girl showering and their sexual trysts as well.

She discovered the videos in his mobile phone only when he agreed to move out in 2013, and she made a police report in August that year.

Now 42, the accused, a divorcee with two teenage children, was 30 when he first had sex with the girl in 2003. He cannot be named due to a gag order.

He admitted yesterday to six charges, including two of carnal connection with a girl below 16. Another 36 charges will be taken into consideration.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Timotheus Koh said the accused became close to the girl when he gave her free tuition in history in 2003.

He courted her and got her to help him mark papers. He told her that he loved her, convinced her that they could be in a relationship and paid for all her expenses.

In March to April 2004, he rented a room from her mother, who was in financial difficulties, as he was undergoing divorce proceedings and had nowhere to stay. DPP Koh said the pair had many sexual encounters between 2003 and 2007.

She had tried to end the relationship in 2006 but only succeeded in 2008. However, he continued to live in the flat until mid-2013.

In July 2013, the victim and her mother asked him to move out so that the victim's brother could move in after his marriage. The victim was making a check when she discovered the video recordings. The man had also taken two videos of her mother in the shower.

Defence lawyer Leslie Gregory Robert said in mitigation that this was not a run-of-the-mill sexual predator case. "My client genuinely was in love with her," he said.

In an e-mail that the victim, now 25, sent to his client, she said she had not regretted meeting him and appreciated all he had done for her.

DPP Koh is seeking five to seven years' jail, saying the accused had grievously breached the trust and confidence placed in him by not only the victim but also her mother and the school.

"The accused had actively courted the victim knowing full well that she was not only underage but was also his student. He had clearly crossed the line,'' he said.

District Judge Siva Shanmugam will sentence the teacher on Dec 30.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2015, with the headline 'Teacher admits having sex with student'. Print Edition | Subscribe