District Judge Lim Tse Haw told Chew said the accused as lifeguard in a public pool had the duty to protect the life and safety of the users. “Instead, you have betrayed the trust by taking advantage of the immaturity of the victim to commit the indecent act on the victim. I see that as an aggravating factor,” he said according to straitstimes.com..
Chew Ee Cheong, 31, had admitted to committing the sexual act with the teen at a shower cubicle at Bukit Batok Swimming Complex in February this year. He was arrested April 2 and legally sentenced last week to do 10 months in jail beginning Aug 15.
Under Singapore law Chew could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined.
Court proceedings revealed that the victim got to know Chew, who worked at Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex, at Bukit Batok Swimming Complex sometime past February.
“One day, after a swim, Chew approached the youngster in the toilet and signaled him to follow him into a shower cubicle. He then removed the victim’s swimming trunks and touched him. After showering, Chew met the victim again and obtained his contact number before they left,” the straitstimes.com report said.
Another charge of committing an obscene act with a young person by rubbing his private parts against the victim’s anus was also considered, it added.
The case came to light March 17, when the victim consulted a doctor when he discovered warts on his anus and had told the doctor that he had had a sexual encounter with a man. A staff of the clinic made a police report four days later.
Chew on being arrested was sent for screening and was diagnosed with syphilis.
According to Singapore law, it is illegal to have sex with a person under the age of 16 with or without the minor’s consent.
An individual, who has knowledge of such an offence, is legally obliged to inform the authorities. This case involved a minor who suffered from a sexually transmitted disease after sexual exposure.