A teenager who had sex with a minor - just one month into a probation term for a similar offence committed with another girl - was placed on 21 months' probation yesterday.
Lee Sze Kiat, 16, ran into his second victim, an acquaintance he had met through mutual friends, some time in September while performing community service for the earlier conviction.
He invited the 13-year-old home the next day and pressured her into having sex with him.
The court heard that Lee and his victim, both secondary school students, had met by chance at a community club near her home when she went there to attend a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.
They chatted after he had completed his community service obligations for the day, and continued to communicate after parting ways.
This led to Lee committing two offences the next day at his Housing Board flat in Boon Lay, when no one else was at home.
Lee's first probation term of 15 months was imposed in August after he had sex with a 15-year-old. It will run concurrently with the second 21-month term, imposed yesterday.
Lee was also ordered yesterday to perform 120 hours of community service and to stay home from 10pm to 6am.
His parents signed a $10,000 bond to ensure his good behaviour - twice the original sum bonded.
Community Court Judge Lim Keng Yeow said Lee had re-offended soon after being placed on the first probation term.
But the judge noted, among other things, a pre-sentencing report that seemed to indicate Lee had made some effort to improve.
He imposed the second probation stint but warned the teenager that any non-compliance with its terms would be taken seriously.
Lee pleaded guilty to one offence and had the other taken into consideration.
He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for each count of having sex with a person under 16.
This article was first published on DEcember 30, 2014.
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