Gynae in underage sex case struck off register

Gynae in underage sex case struck off register
UNFIT TO PRACTISE: Ong Theng Kiat.
PHOTO: ST

A gynaecologist who had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl has been struck off the Register of Medical Practitioners following an inquiry.

Ong Theng Kiat, 64, was sentenced to 10 months' jail in February last year after pleading guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with an underage girl.

He was also fined $4,000 for knowingly making a false declaration in writing to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) in an attempt to obtain a practising certificate. The SMC disciplinary tribunal ordered for Ong to be struck off the register following an inquiry in April.

This means he is unfit to practise.

In a release on Monday, the SMC said that the tribunal felt that his offence of having sex with a minor was a grave one which brought "the profession into disrepute".

It added that the only appropriate sanction "to uphold the proper standards of conduct and public confidence" was for his name to be struck off the register.

The tribunal's grounds of decision stated that the girl, who was in secondary school, was 14 when she signed up on a dating website in July 2011 and gave her age as 18.

She later received a message from Ong, and they began communicating with each other.

She told him her real age about two months later, but this did not stop Ong from asking her out.

UNPROTECTED SEX

He picked her up from her home in his car on Sept 6 that year and they went to Balestier Hotel, where they had unprotected consensual sexual intercourse. Ong also lied about his age and job.

Before dropping her home, he gave her two "morning after pills" - which he had taken from his clinic - to prevent a pregnancy. The pair had sexual intercourse again in early 2012 at Bukit Brown Cemetery and this time, he used a condom.

Ong's offences came to light after the girl made a police report on Sept 18 that year

ashaffiq@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on June 12, 2015.
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