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Former Straits Times Reporter Jailed for Having Sex with Minor

Former Straits Times Reporter and SPH scholar Eisen Teo Guan Kuan has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for having sex with a minor. The girl was 15-years-old at the time of the offence.

 

29-year-old Teo had mentored the girl, and about a dozen student journalists from the “IN Crowd” media club. He was part of the Singapore Press Holdings team producing two weekly magazines for primary and secondary school students.

 

On a date to Fort Canning Park in early 2012, he suggested she perform oral sex on him in one of the toilets.

 

Teo brought the girl to the Serangoon flat he shared with his wife on June 23, 2012, saying he needed her help to paint his house.

 

He introduced the girl to his wife, and while his wife was baking in the kitchen, he had sex with the girl in the study room.

 

The girl attempted to kill herself two days later. She disclosed that she had sex with Teo a few months later to her sister. She lodged a police report in December 2012.

 

During sentencing, District Judge Hamidah said he had clearly taken advantage of a young and immature person, and that leniency was out of the question.

 

She also said that Teo was aware that the girl was mentally unwell when she confided in Teo about her depressive behaviour, which included thoughts of self harm.

 

Teo will start his prison sentence on June 24, 2014.

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