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NUS voyeur filmed children in toilets of shopping malls, had charges withdrawn by the police



SINGAPORE: A student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) who filmed children in a toilet in 2015 had charges against him withdrawals.

In a clarification on Tuesday (April 30), the Singapore Police said the man was initially indicted, but those charges were withdrawn under the direction of the Chambers of the Attorney General.

In an earlier story, the CNA had reported a document detailing the offenses heard by the university's disciplinary board, including the case of a student receiving a 24-month conditional warning after having "filmed children in the adjoining cubicle on several occasions."

According to the documents, the incidents occurred in the 2015/16 school year, but were not specifically stated where offenses occurred.

Police said on Tuesday the offenses occurred in a shopping mall toilet and not at the NUS facility.

"The defendant has been charged in court on four counts of insulting a woman's modesty and an indictment of criminal transgression," police said.

"The Attorney General's Chambers ordered the police to withdraw the charges. The accused was receiving treatment from the IMH (Institute of Mental Health)."

The Penal Code denotes a woman as a woman of any age.

"His doctors gave him a report on his condition. It was assessed, among other factors, that he needed mental treatment, and that it was better for him to continue with the treatment, and sending him to jail would not be helpful," police added. . .

"The fact that the accused had no previous offensive history was also considered."

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The man was given a 24-month probation and completed two years without further offenses, police said. They added that he has remained free of crime ever since.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

The offenses occurred for two consecutive days in 2015 and the man was arrested in the act and arrested at the scene on day two, police said.

Documents detailing the offenses handled by the NUS Disciplinary Board showed that the man was not allowed to graduate until the end of semester 2 in the next school year of 2016/17.

He was suspended for two semesters, sentenced to receive mandatory counseling and psychological assessment, fined $ 1,000.00 and issued an official reprimand.

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Several of the cases revealed in the documents – first published on Facebook after being obtained through a student portal – involved students taking pictures and videos of male and female students in the shower and upskirt videos. In other incidents, the offenders touched the thighs or buttocks of the students.

Under the spotlight

NUS & # 39; dealing with cases of sexual misconduct has been under the spotlight, after graduation Monica Baey took to Instagram to ask for a tougher action against a student filming her taking a shower.

His attacker, a 23-year-old man, was given a 12-month probation by police.

After a disciplinary process by the NUS, its perpetrator was suspended from the university for a semester and forbidden to enter all campus facilities. He was also ordered to go to counseling sessions, perform 30 hours of community service, and write an apology letter.

But Baey asked for "real action" against him, explaining that she was "seriously afflicted" and that her mental health had suffered greatly.

Immediately after the incident was discovered, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the penalties imposed by the NUS were "manifestly inadequate."

NUS President Tan Eng Chye apologized to the university's alumni for the way the case was handled, saying the school was sorry that Baey had to raise his concerns in social media for the university to take notice of. He also said that NUS "failed" to provide support from the very beginning.

The university has also convened a committee to review its current disciplinary and support structures.


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