A jobless man who threatened to upload videos of himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl online unless she continued to sleep with him was jailed for a total of four years yesterday.
The 27-year-old - who also forced the girl to sleep with his teenage cousin - pleaded guilty to four sex abuse charges and had 17 others taken into consideration, including criminal intimidation.
The man got to know the girl through a traditional dance club in April 2012.
Four months later, he moved into her home - with her mother's consent - and slept in the living room with her younger brother, staying for a few months.
They began a sexual relationship - which sometimes involved him filming her performing sex acts.
The girl would also confide her family problems to him.
A district court heard that in April 2013, they had consensual sex on the staircase of a Housing Board block in Jurong West.
On Nov 7 that year, the man took the girl, then 14, to his teenage cousin's flat in Pandan Gardens where he got him to film them having sex on his smartphone.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Rachel Ng said the girl was scared but gave in as he was too strong for her.
When the man told her to have sex with his cousin, she refused, but he shouted and raised his hand as if he was about to slap her.
The cousin - whose case is pending - got onto the bed and did as he was told.
Later, the man sent her messages threatening to upload the video clip if she did not have sex with him whenever he wanted.
Three days later, he took her to his cousin's home and abused her again.
The girl eventually made a police report in February last year.
None of the parties can be named for legal reasons.
A doctor from the Child Guidance Clinic said the victim was left feeling sad, fearful, angry and suffering nightmares.
The accused said he regretted what he had done and asked for a chance to lead a new life outside.
He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each charge.
This article was first published on April 2, 2015.
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