Underage sex: Ex-ST reporter charged

SINGAPORE - A former reporter from The Straits Times was charged in court on Monday with having consensual sex with a minor.

The man, who was a Singapore Press Holdings local scholar, cannot be named due to a gag order.

The 29-year-old is accused of three counts of having sex with a 15-year-old between 2011 and June last year.

He allegedly had oral sex with the girl twice - first at a house off Upper Paya Lebar Road between November and December 2011, and then at a male public toilet cubicle at Fort Canning Park early last year.

He also allegedly had sex with the minor at a flat in Serangoon in June last year.

The accused joined The Straits Times in 2009 and was sacked in January.

His case will be mentioned in court again on Nov 18.

For each charge, if convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine.

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