Paedophile who preyed on young boys jailed, caned

Leveraging on his expertise in a popular trading card game, a paedophile befriended 10 boys, aged 10 to 15, and obtained various sexual favours over two years.

Goh Jun Guan cajoled his victims, avid players of the game called Vanguard, into committing various sexual acts by telling them it was part of their "training" to become better players or their punishment for losing a game.

He persuaded the boys to send him lewd photos and videos of themselves, sent them risque photos of himself and touched them inappropriately. He persuaded three boys to engage in oral sex with him at his flat and in public toilets.

Yesterday, Goh, 27, was sentenced by the High Court to 12½ years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to nine charges - five for sexual penetration of a minor and four for sexual exploitation of a child. Another 21 charges were considered.

Goh was 23 to 25 years old when he befriended most of the victims at a game shop at Jurong Point.

The crimes came to light when one victim, while helping with investigations into another sexual case, led the police to Goh.

After his arrest, Goh was diagnosed with paedophilic disorder.

His lawyer said Goh, who was adopted, was a "lonely young man" who found comfort in the company of young children who admired him.

But Justice Woo Bih Li said: "I cannot accept your explanation that you felt happier and safer among young children as you thought you could protect them from being bullied."