Wife says...I bear no grudges against him

Wife says...I bear no grudges against him
Ex-SPH Scholar Eisen Teo, pleading guilty for having consensual sex with a minor. He was sentenced to 18 months jail.

SINGAPORE - Wife says...

He reached out to the girl as he had faced similar problems in his childhood, Eisen Teo's wife wrote in a letter to the judge.

Pleading for leniency, Madam Audrey Ong Zhong Jing wrote that Teo has "a compassion for others, a willingness to extend a helping hand to those more disadvantaged than him".

She added: "I bear no grudges or ill will against Eisen for his infidelity... Instead, I am greatly saddened that his attempt to help a friend has landed him in trouble with the law."

Madam Ong said that Teo "had an unhappy childhood and was severely bullied, but has since managed to shake off the trauma". The New Paper understands that the couple were married in 2010.

GROWN

Said Madam Ong: "We have grown consistently stronger and our relationship has always been fantastic. We bring out the best in each other."

Teo, whose employment at Singapore Press Holdings was terminated shortly after the company learnt of the case, now works as a history researcher.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in History (first-class honours) from the National University of Singapore.

His wife said: "(He) has many capabilities that would make him a good contributor to society.

"Even now, despite termination from his previous place of employment, he is far from spending his time idling at home.

"(We) hope to start a family in future. We are very young and have many years ahead of us... I hope that our children will not have to suffer for their father's mistake."


This article was first published on June 10, 2014.
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