5 years' jail for coach who pressured boy, 13, for sex

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A freelance badminton coach who groomed a 13-year-old boy for sex was sentenced to five years' jail yesterday.

The 32-year-old - who cannot be named - was arrested in an open carpark on Oct 24, 2014, after police spotted him by chance with the naked student in his car.

District Judge Salina Ishak said the accused had abused his position of trust, "corrupted the minor'' and exerted "emotional pressure'' on the youngster who saw him not just as a coach but also as a role model and a mentor.

The accused had pleaded guilty to 10 of 23 charges including committing an indecent act with a child and oral sex.

He developed a close relationship with the student between 2013 and his arrest date.

He groomed and pressured the boy to take part in sexual activities with him.

When the boy decided to stop and avoided him in September 2014, they had an argument.

On Sept 19, 2014, the coach gave the boy one last chance and asked to meet at Hougang Sports Hall. The coach asked the boy to go into the male toilet where the youngster performed oral sex on him.

The coach will start his sentence on Feb 15.


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