Recalcitrant teenage offender given jail, fine after he repeatedly filmed other men in toilets

Tang Jiasheng started his crime spree in late 2019 when he filmed a male schoolmate who was taking a shower.
PHOTO: TNP FILE

SINGAPORE - A student, who was charged in court last year after he unlawfully recorded multiple obscene videos of his male hostel mates, did not learn his lesson and went back to his old ways when he was out on bail.

Instead of keeping himself out of trouble, Tang Jiasheng, now 19, secretly filmed a 23-year-old man who was taking a shower at the hostel on March 10 this year.

The man, who caught the Chinese national red-handed, shouted at the teenager before alerting the police.

Tang was sentenced on Monday (May 17) to three months and two weeks' jail as well as a fine of $1,500. He will spend an additional one week behind bars if he is unable to pay the fine.

The teenager had pleaded guilty to five counts of voyeurism, two counts of making obscene films and one count of being in possession of obscene films.

Thirty-five other charges for similar offences were considered during sentencing.

Tang was a student of a private institution at the time of the offences. Details about the school and its hostel cannot be revealed owing to a gag order to protect the victims' identities.

Tang started his crime spree in late 2019 when he filmed a male schoolmate who was taking a shower.

He continued targeting other male students and one of them alerted the hostel's management after he noticed somebody filming him with a mobile phone on Jan 19 last year.

A staff member confronted Tang three days later and discovered that he had 41 incriminating video clips in his possession, the court heard.

The police were notified and the teenager then admitted to officers that he had been recording videos of his schoolmates since September 2019.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Kee En said: "He also admitted to Dr Lee Yu Wei of the Institute of Mental Health that he had been filming males at Victoria Junior College in 2019 until he was caught - but not reported to the police - and then attended the (private institution)."

Tang was charged in court last year and was out on bail when he targeted the 23-year-old man on March 10 this year.

Young offenders are usually sentenced to probation or reformative training. Offenders given the latter are detained in a centre and made to follow a strict regimen that includes foot drills and counselling.

DPP Chong, however, had urged the court to sentence Tang to jail, stressing that the teenager has "no local roots and cannot be a candidate for probation or reformative training".

The DPP also told the court that Tang had committed the offences to "gratify himself sexually".

For each count of voyeurism, an offender can be jailed for up to two years and fined or caned.

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