SINGAPORE - A cross-dressing man exposed an underage boy to HIV when he had unprotected consensual sex with the youngster at a staircase landing last year.
The 40-year-old transvestite, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2006, was sentenced to 33 months' jail yesterday. He cannot be named due to a gag order.
The man pleaded guilty to two sexual penetration charges involving the 15-year-old boy, and one count of not informing the youngster that he has HIV before they had sex.
Four other charges for similar offences involving the same teenager were taken into consideration during sentencing.
The teen has borderline IQ, which means his IQ is between 70 and 85. The average score is between 90 and 110.
The man was in a dress when he befriended the boy and his friends at around 6am on National Day last year at an undisclosed location and asked them to add him as a friend on Facebook.
He gave them a woman's name for his Facebook profile and invited the group to his flat in the northern part of Singapore.
Before going up, he asked one of them to follow him home to check whether his room-mate was around. The teen's friends persuaded him to accompany the man to his 23rd-storey flat.
After some time had passed, the teen's friends became worried and decided to look for him at the block. They spotted his slippers outside the man's unit, but were turned away by his room-mate.
At around 7am, the man, still in a dress, lured the teen out of his home to a staircase landing on the 20th storey. They then had oral and anal sex.
Meanwhile, one of the boy's friends asked a neighbour, a 27-year-old woman who happened to be passing by, to help them. They went to the flat together, but were told by the room-mate that the man and the boy had left.
They finally found the boy at the void deck. The woman confronted the man when he turned up soon afterwards with his room-mate.
A dispute broke out between the two room-mates.
The woman then called the police and said: "There is a fight downstairs. One to one. No weapons used."
For each count of having sex with the underage boy, the man could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined.
And for the offence under the Infectious Diseases Act, of not informing the youngster about his medical condition before they had sex, he could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined up to $50,000.
This article was first published on January 9, 2015.
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