Man preyed on 2 boys he met on Ubin trip

Man preyed on 2 boys he met on Ubin trip
Posed photo of a molester and the victim.

After befriending two teenagers on Pulau Ubin, a deliveryman molested them and forced the younger boy to perform sexual acts.

Yeo Zhen Yi, 25, met his 14-year-old and 15-year-old male victims at a fish spa on Ubin in April 2013. He intimidated them by telling them his parents were gangsters, and he was in a gang. If they were to offend him, it would be "no use" to call anyone for help, he said.

Yeo would later make them financially dependent on him as well, giving them pocket money while taking advantage of them. While on Ubin, he offered them jobs without giving details. They exchanged phone numbers. Over the next few weeks, he invited them to stay over at one of the chalets on the island and paid for their expenses. Yeo knew at the time that both victims were below 16.

Between May and June that year, he booked chalets on different occasions at the Downtown East-Costa Sands Resort in Pasir Ris and invited the boys to stay over, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Sruthi Boppana. On the first occasion, the younger boy was sleeping when Yeo molested him. The youngster wanted to leave but Yeo persisted.

Yeo also admitted that there were at least three occasions when he took a shower with the boy and made him perform oral sex. The victim complied as he was afraid of the consequences of refusing Yeo.

Some time in the second week of June that year, Yeo moved into the home of the older boy, with consent from the teen's mother, to ensure he attended school regularly. Yeo gave the boy $5 to $10 a day while staying with him for slightly over a month.

"It was also during this period that the accused started to touch the victim's private parts on a regular basis, be it at night or in the day," the DPP said.

Yeo was arrested in July after the victim reported the incidents to his school's vice-principal. A police report was lodged.

In her submissions, Ms Boppana said there was a significant level of premeditation, adding that there was a "clear incremental approach in the sexual favours sought as he got to know them longer".

She noted that Yeo had committed two counts of rioting while on bail for the first 14 charges.

Yeo was yesterday sentenced to a total of 54 months' jail and three strokes of the cane on six charges, including criminal breach of trust of $5,436 and rioting. Ten other charges were considered.

This article was first published on April 11, 2015.
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