Man, 32, pleads guilty to sexually assaulting four underage girls

Simon Wong Choy Chuan pleaded guilty yesterday and will be sentenced on March 20.

Using claims such as being part of a secret society gang and having clairvoyant abilities, a 32-year-old former permanent resident manipulated four underage girls into performing sexual acts on him.

He even had a weekly roster for the girls, who were all minors below the age of 16, to comply with his sexual demands.

All four cannot be identified owing to a gag order by the court.

Simon Wong Choy Chuan pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of sexually assaulting a minor. Twenty-four other charges will be taken into consideration when he is sentenced on March 20.

Court documents show he committed the offences between September 2017 and February 2018.

He got to know the first victim in August 2017 when she was 15.

Wong lied that he was 21 and they entered into a romantic relationship the following month.

From September 2017 to December 2017, he had sex with her, including sexually penetrating her multiple times.

In December 2017, at his behest, she introduced three of her friends to him. Two were 14 years old and the third was 13. Wong lied to the trio that he was 19 and a member of a secret society gang.

He subsequently asked all four to join his gang and pay him daily membership fees in exchange for protecting them from being bullied in school.

With the last three girls, he got them to accede to his sexual demands by claiming he had clairvoyant abilities. In one instance, he told one of them that ill fortune would befall another if she did not perform sexual acts on him.

Court documents state he instructed the first victim to teach the others how to perform sexual acts. She did so reluctantly, afraid that he would be angry if she refused.

His offences came to light when the 13-year-old made a police report on Feb 14, 2018. She feared for her safety as he kept calling her mobile phone to ask her to attend his meetings with the other girls.

Correction note: An earlier version of this article said Simon Wong Choy Chuan is a permanent resident, as stated in court documents. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority has since clarified that it revoked Wong's PR status in 2018.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2020, with the headline Man, 32, pleads guilty to sexually assaulting four underage girls. Subscribe