Man gets jail for sex with underage stepdaughter

Man gets jail for sex with underage stepdaughter

A man who had unprotected sex repeatedly with his elder teenage stepdaughter was jailed for six years yesterday.

The girl had just turned 14 when she had consensual sex with him. At 16, she gave birth to a boy, now nine months old.

In the dock was the 28-year-old former senior sales adviser, who admitted to nine of 45 charges of having sex with a girl under 16 years old.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) James Low said the accused, a divorcee with an eight-year-old son from his first marriage, married the victim's mother, 33, in 2009.

His current wife has two daughters from her first marriage, and a four-year-old girl from her union with the accused.

Investigations showed that the accused was watching pornography online at his HDB home in the central area on July 31, 2011 when the victim saw this and asked what he was doing. The two of them were alone in the flat then.

He asked her if she was interested to have sex with him and she agreed. They had sex on eight other occasions from August that year to February last year.

Mr Low said that in August last year, the victim began to notice her abdomen growing larger but did not think she was pregnant as she did not show any symptoms of pregnancy.

The accused also noticed her growing tummy but did nothing further. He continued to have sex with the victim.

On Oct 6, she had her N-level examinations but could not sleep in the wee hours of the morning. She texted the accused to "help her", an euphemism they used to mean to have intercourse.

They had sex in the store room at the back of the kitchen while the rest of the family was asleep.

She subsequently found out she was 21 weeks pregnant.

Among the aggravating factors cited by the DPP were the abuse of trust; the offences occurred in the sanctity of the home; the victim became pregnant while still a minor; and the fairly long period of time of the offences with a frequency of about twice a month.

The accused's lawyer Mohan Das Naidu said his client regrets very much what has happened.

The court heard that the accused continues to live in the flat with the victim and her family.

Senior District Judge Ong Hian Sun, who sentenced him to two years on each charge with two to run consecutively, said the court must send a strong signal that such acts cannot be tolerated.

The accused could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each charge.

This article was first published on Nov 7, 2014.
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