Judge: He exploited naive young girl
He was a middle-aged secondary school teacher who masqueraded as someone else to sexually exploit a naive and ingenuous young girl.
That was how District Judge Terence Tay described ex-teacher Kuang Liang Yong during sentencing yesterday.
He said Kuang had persuaded his first victim, who said she had never kissed a boy before, to photograph or take a video of herself doing explicit sexual acts so he could satisfy his sexual appetite.
He also said he was particularly disturbed that Kuang had tried to broaden his sphere of influence by asking the victim for the phone numbers of three other young girls.
As for the second victim, the judge said the facts clearly demonstrate the premeditation and deliberate intent of Kuang's actions, and a jail term was warranted.
He rejected the defence's plea for Kuang to be placed on a mandatory treatment order.
Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Amanda Chong had called for Kuang to be jailed for more than 20 months.
She said he had embarked on a sustained campaign of deception and emotional manipulation in order to elicit the first victim's sympathy.
She added that the offence would have been difficult to detect if Kuang had not been nabbed for stalking the second victim.
A Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesman said yesterday that the ministry takes a serious view of misconduct by educators, who are held to high professional standards.
The spokesman, who was replying to The New Paper's queries, added that anyone involved in serious misconduct would not be allowed to remain in service.
"We have a stringent selection regime for teachers. We also have regular platforms to emphasise our high expectations. The ministry works closely with schools to safeguard the well-being of our students," he said.
The spokesman added that only a very small minority of the teaching force had fallen short of the expected standards.