SINGAPORE - A Traffic Police (TP) inspector told a 21-year-old special constable that his body odour was giving him a headache and invited him to his flat, where he had some body scrub and hair removal cream that could help him.
Afraid of his superior, he agreed - before being subjected to a molestation that left him feeling "frozen" and "lost".
Mohd Taufik Abu Bakar molested four male subordinates who were serving their full-time national service as special constables.
The married 55-year-old was so brazen that he committed most of his offences at the Traffic Police headquarters in Ubi Avenue 3, a court heard.
After a six-day trial, District Judge Jasvender Kaur convicted Taufik on Monday (Feb 19) of six outrage of modesty charges involving the four men aged between 21 and 24.
She acquitted him of one molestation charge involving a fifth special constable.
He committed the offences between January and September 2015.
Taufik, who has since been suspended, joined the TP Investigation Branch in 1998 and became the officer in charge of the Hit and Run Investigation Team five years later.
The court heard that all his victims were seated near his work station during their service.
On Sept 10, 2015, Taufik approached the 21-year-old special constable to complain about his body odour and said he had some cream that could be used to remove hair from his armpit and groin.
Two days later, Taufik invited the man to his flat in Jalan Tenaga near Bedok Reservoir Road. He told the special constable that he would teach him how to use the products.
Taufik took him home the next day when no one else was at home and handed them to him. The man was naked in the master bedroom toilet when Taufik barged in.
The inspector squeezed the hair removal cream onto his own palm and applied it to the man's private parts.
After removing the cream, Taufik slathered the man's nude body with body scrub and molested him again.
During the trial, the special constable testified that he felt like "the whole world collapsed on him so all he did was comply".
After sending the man home, Taufik texted him to say: "Let me know if you feel lonely and need me to accompany you. You can stay over at my place and let me know."
Taufik molested three other special constables at the Traffic Police headquarters.
Between January and July 2015, he placed his right hand around a 24-year-old man's waist, pulling him close.
Taufik molested another 21-year-old man between June and July that year by slapping his right buttock.
He also outraged a 22-year-old special constable's modesty by pinching his left nipple and squeezing his right buttock.
The offences came to light on Sept 16, 2015 when the man whom he had invited home told the 22-year-old victim about what Taufik had done to him.
The two young men then told an NS probationary inspector about their ordeal.
Delivering her verdict on Monday, Judge Kaur said that Taufik was in a position of authority and that the man, whom he invited home, was afraid of him as he was his superior.
Taufik is now out on bail of $15,000 and will be back in court on March 23.
Offenders convicted of molestation can be jailed for up to two years and fined or caned for each charge.
Taufik cannot be caned as he is over 50.