NSF had known the age of teenager he befriended three years ago, through a website
A FULL-TIME national serviceman yesterday became the tenth male to be punished for having sex with the 13-year-old girl who in 2008 told police of her sexual encounters with several men.
Mohamed Radhi Mohamed Kamis, 20, was placed on 15 months' probation. He was 17 in March 2008 when he twice had sex with the underage girl.
He had earlier admitted to one charge of having sex with the girl. The other charge was taken into consideration.
Last month, Community Court Judge Ng Peng Hong had postponed sentencing, pending both probation and reformative training reports on Radhi.
The court heard that some time in February 2008, the victim and Radhi became acquainted through Alamak Chat, a social networking website.
They exchanged phone numbers and sent text messages to each other. They knew each other's ages. He also told her that he was studying at Ang Mo Kio Institute of Technical Education.
On their second meeting on March 14, they went to her home and had sex in her bedroom. No one else was in then.
The victim was warded in hospital for stomach pain and vomiting in July that year. She was confirmed to be pregnant and subsequently told a police officer that she had engaged in sex with several males.
Her pregnancy was terminated and Radhi was found not to be the father of the foetus.
So far, five men have been jailed for having sex with her; two were fined; and two other youths were put on probation.
Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor S. Sellakumaran urged the court to order probation of 15 months for Radhi instead of the nine months recommended by the probation officer.
He pointed out that two others had been put on 15 months' probation and that Radhi committed the offences while serving probation for a previous offence of unlawful assembly.
Judge Ng agreed with the prosecutor. In addition, Radhi will have to do 100 hours of community service and remain indoors from 10pm to 6am. His parents were bonded for his good behaviour.
He could have been jailed for up to five years and fined up to $10,000.
[I'm currently reading the Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and he presents an interesting case that is similar. For the HIV infected in one area, there were 168 main persons whose behaviour were spreading the disease. Similarly, there was a case of a Canadian flight attendant who estimated that he had 2500 partners in over a period of a few years and had infected them with HIV. All it needed was just a few key persons to push things past the tipping point. This girl here seems to be one such key person. Maybe not for STD, but for underage sex?]