A 16-year-old boy who gave oral sex to another boy, then 14, while in a children's home for the same offense was sentenced to 18 months probation on Tuesday (September 18).
Youth, now 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a minor under 16 years old. One count of a similar nature was considered for his conviction.
As part of his probationary requirements, young people must also serve community service for 40 hours and comply with psychological treatment when necessary.
He served a nine-month stint in the orphanage for the same offense committed on another 14-year-old boy when he relapsed.
The youth no longer reside in the home and do an internship at a café.
Both the youth and the victim, who is now 16, can not be named to protect their identity.
The victim, a second-year student, had stayed in the house for a year when the incident happened.
On 9 October 2016, the youth and the victim were in the living room to discuss their relationship with other male friends. The victim had his prayer book and wanted to resume prayer when the young man crept towards him.
The young man then molested the victim and performed oral sex on him. The victim felt pain and pushed the youngster away after a while.
The next day, when the victim went to school in the morning, the young people accompanied him. When the two reached the NEX mall in Serangoon, the young man led the victim to a toilet room where he bothered the boy.
They were also involved in sexual intercourse, but were caught red-handed by the head of the social work department of the orphanage.
The youth was in the midst of serving a probation sentence from June 2016 to June 2018 for a similar offense when he recidivated. He was convicted of sexual penetration by another 14-year-old boy and was placed in the orphanage for nine months as part of his sentence.
To convict the youth district judge Eddy Tham said: "I hope you realize that this behavior is totally inappropriate, especially because the other party is already young."
He noted that the young age of the youngster made him suitable for the probation service.
For the violation of sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 16, youth could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison and / or fined.
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