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Youth from top school admits to taking voyeuristic videos in women's toilet, school, and MRT station

While at a church camp, he heard a woman showering in the toilet and took a video of her.

The 20-year-old, who was 16 at the time, kept and watched the video repeatedly afterwards.

He also took voyeuristic videos of three others – at an MRT station, a school toilet and a school canteen.

Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to four charges of insult of modesty and one charge of criminal trespass.

Another six similar charges were taken into consideration.

The youth, who cannot be named due to a gag order, went on a three-month voyeuristic spree in 2017 while he was a student at a top school here.

FIRST VICTIM

On May 4 that year, he saw his first victim at an MRT station.

He had seen the girl, who was in her school uniform, several times while on his way to school.

That morning, he followed her as she went up an escalator and took an upskirt video with his phone while standing directly behind her.

On the afternoon of June 15, while at the church camp, he entered a female toilet to look for toilet paper.

It was then that he heard his second victim showering in a cubicle and took a video of her by placing his phone over the door.

In the early hours of June 22, while at a school camp, he saw his third victim, a schoolmate, enter a toilet for the handicapped to take a shower. He squatted outside and took a video of her by placing his phone near the vent of the door.

On July 13, he was at the school canteen and was seated at a table across from his fourth victim. He took an upskirt video of her by placing his phone under the table.

The youth kept all four videos on his phone and watched them repeatedly after the incidents.

He was caught on July 31 when the vice-principal of his school called the police on him.

Yesterday, the court called for reports to determine his suitability for probation and reformative training.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Daniel Ling said that while the accused did not have any prior convictions, there were a significant number of victims and the youth had admitted to keeping and repeatedly watching the videos.

The youth is expected to be back in court next Tuesday.

For each count of insulting the modesty of a woman, he could be jailed for up to a year, or fined, or both.

This article first appeared in The Straits Times.

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