Man who admitted to sexual offences faces new charges

Goh Kar Aip, 20, faces seven fresh charges relating to three more victims - a 13-year-old and two 16-year-olds.
Goh Kar Aip, 20, faces seven fresh charges relating to three more victims - a 13-year-old and two 16-year-olds.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The parents of a 13-year-old girl made a police report after reading in The Straits Times last month about a man who admitted to a slew of mostly sexual offences against 10 young girls he had befriended on Instagram and Facebook.

This led to seven fresh charges being brought against Goh Kar Aip, 20, relating to three more victims - the 13-year-old and two 16-year-olds.

Yesterday, Goh admitted to the seven new charges - two for selling obscene images of nude females on WeChat and five for sending photos of his genitalia to the three victims on Snapchat and WhatsApp.

Most of these offences were committed after Goh was released on bail in May 2016 after being charged over his earlier offences. These new charges will be taken into consideration when he is sentenced.

The couple, speaking to ST yesterday, said they went to the police as they suspected, from details in the news report, that Goh had also contacted their daughter.

Goh last month pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual penetration of a minor and one of sexual assault by penetration and agreed to have another 34 charges taken into consideration.

Yesterday, prosecutors sought at least 15 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane.

Goh used social media to prey on the naivety of young girls from single-sex schools who were curious about the opposite gender, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ng Yiwen argued.

Goh's lawyerLoh Lin Kok said his client was a young boy of between 16 and 18 at the time of the offences.

Between 2014 and 2016, Goh, a permanent resident who was doing odd jobs while waiting to enlist for national service, used social media to look for young girls.

He messaged his targets privately, introducing himself as "Kai". Some chatted with him. After gaining their confidence, he would ask for their nude pictures. Sometimes, he sent pictures of his genitalia in the hope that they would reciprocate.

He met most of the 10 victims and carried out sexual acts on them.

Goh's offences came to light when a teacher discovered that one of her students was in a relationship with him and had taken three of her schoolmates to meet him. Goh committed sexual offences against the girl and two of the three friends. A police report was lodged on March 19, 2016.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'Man who admitted to sexual offences faces new charges'. Print Edition | Subscribe