SINGAPORE – A former National University of Singapore (NUS) professor of psychology, who had been on the run for more than 15 years after having molested teenage boys during a school camp in 1999, now faces five furious accusations of modesty.
Singaporean Chan Cheng, who is now 58 and no longer at the university, did not appear in court on November 29, 1999 and an arrest warrant was issued.
The former president of the Singapore Psychological Society later canceled his contract by NUS after he did not show up for work.
Reports said he had fled abroad and was sent back to Singapore in December 2016. The court did not mention what he did and where he lived after he left Singapore.
On the fourth day of his trial on Tuesday (August 21), a district council heard that during the school camp he reportedly had molested a boy in front of the teenager's friend.
The schoolmate of the boy testified that he was resting on the top bed of a bed with the alleged victim in the neighborhood when the former don committed the crime.
The witness, now a 32-year-old technician, told district judge Shaiffudin Saruwan that he heard Chan ask his friend if he was in pain before massaging the boy's thighs.
The man added: "Dr. Chan continued to turn upside down massage to (he touched my friend) private parts … He rubbed in a circular way (my friend) was shocked, his eyes were big."
Chan, from the department of social work and psychology at the university, is facing five angry accusations of accusations of five boys. The teenagers were then in Secondary One.
He would have molested them during the three-day school camp between 28 June and 30 June 1999 to the Guillemard camp in Old Airport Road.
Van Chan was said to have his own company, known as Procamps, to teach study skills to young people. He also organized camps for children during school holidays.
On Tuesday, the technician testified that he was startled when he saw Chan touching his friend. Nevertheless, he told no one what he had seen, because he thought it was "not so serious".
When the camp ended, the witness remembered a teacher who asked the students if they were being harassed or seen that their friends were being touched in an inappropriate way. However, he could not remember any details about such exchanges.
Chan, who obtained his PhD from Oxford University, was officially on leave from November 29 to December 18, 1999, and was last seen on NUS on November 23 of that year.
He is represented by lawyer Ramesh Tiwary and is on bail of $ 60,000. The trial will resume on Thursday.
Perpetrators can be detained for up to two years and fined or imposed on every count of molestation. Chan can not be admitted if he is more than 50 years old.