SINGAPORE — An 18-year-old boy who had underaged sex with a schoolmate and later impregnated her was given 15 months’ probation on Monday (4 January).
The boy, who was 17 at the time of offences, initiated sex with the 15-year-old girl after entering into a relationship with her. The victim eventually gave birth to a baby, who was put up for adoption.
Both the boy and the victim cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim’s identity.
As part of his probation terms, the boy will have to serve 60 hours of community service and his parents were also placed on a $5,000 bond to ensure his good behaviour. He will also have to abide by a time curfew.
The boy told the court that he will not be returning to school and work as a promoter. He earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually penetrating a minor under 16.
Both came to be acquainted in late February 2019 while studying in the same school. A month later, they began dating.
“During the early days of this relationship, the accused would ask the victim if she wanted to have sexual intercourse with him, and the victim would decline. After getting rejected, the accused would express his disappointment towards the victim,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Kor Zhen Hong.
However, the girl relented two months into the relationship. While at West Mall some time in May 2019, the boy asked the girl if she wanted to have sex with him.
“The victim decided to agree to the accused’s request, as she did not wish to reject him anymore,” said DPP Kor.
The two then had protected sex at a staircase at the mall. The victim was then around 15 years old.
In December, the duo had unprotected sex again at the boy’s house. Five months later, the victim’s mother noticed something amiss when she realised that her daughter had not been using sanitary pads and that her tummy was bigger than before.
She brought the victim to a hospital where the girl’s pregnancy was revealed. The hospital later informed the police of the underage pregnancy.
The victim gave birth to the child, who was put up for adoption as neither family wanted to care for the baby. The gender of the baby was not revealed in court documents.
For sexually penetrating a minor under 16, the boy could have been jailed up to 10 years, or fined, or both.
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