DPP: Man betrayed boy's trust

Given that Andrew was the only adult during such a high-risk activity, he should have taken steps to check everyone's age, said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Kavita Uthrapathy.

The boy, who was then below 16, lacked the maturity to fully understand Andrew's deviant desires, she said.

Andrew had sexually groomed the boy by asking him to perform the various sex acts - indicating a strong element of moral corruption, she added.

"It shows how naive (the boy) was, allowing himself to be put in that position.

"There's nothing mature and nothing intelligent about the way he had acted," Ms Kavita said.

The DPP pointed out that Andrew had betrayed the trust of the boy when he e-mailed some of the pictures to the 18-year-old girl.

"In this digital age where our children have practically unhindered access to the Internet via smartphones, computers and other devices... the sentence meted out... has to be one which deters would-be offenders," she said.