Teacher in trouble – abuse underage student
SINGAPORE – A former teacher from a top Secondary school is being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage student, reported The Straits Times.
The woman, who is in her 20s, is believed to have had sex with the boy more than once.
The sexual encounters allegedly began when the boy, who is now 16, was a member of one of the school’s sports teams.
The woman was the teacher-in-charge of the team.
The boy cannot be named as he is a minor, and the identity of the woman is also being withheld to protect his identity.
The police confirmed that a report has been filed and investigations are ongoing. The case came to light after the boy’s parents lodged a complaint to the school.
The Straits Times reported that the former humanities teacher had left the school abruptly in March. She was reportedly seen crying in school the day before she left.
Those who knew the teacher described her as “patient, knowledgeable, and outgoing”.
A former student interviewed by The Straits Times expressed shock at the news, as she “always put students first and knew where to draw the line”.
The principal of the school declined comment, saying they have not been informed by police of the matter. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Education said it will “work with the school as well as the police to investigate the case as necessary”.
This is not the first case where a female teacher has been accused of having sex with an underage student.
In 2009, a 32-year-old teacher became the first woman to be jailed for having sex with a 15-year-old student in the school.
The mother of two had six trysts with the boy in holiday chalets and in her flat.
She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months’ jail.
The Penal Code was amended in 2008 to make sex between an adult woman and boy below 16 a crime. – Asia One