Elena Chong, Straits Times, 15 March 2014

Man accused of organising Cambodia sex trip for S’porean

A MAN has been accused of organising a sex trip to Cambodia for a Singaporean, in the first case of its kind.

Chan Chun Hong, 30, is charged with making travel plans between Dec 24 last year and Feb 11 for one “Teo Dennis”, with the intention of helping him to commit the offence of having commercial sex with a minor outside Singapore. It was among 105 charges tendered by the prosecution yesterday.

Court papers say Chan bought Teo return flight tickets from Singapore to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for April 1 and 4 this year.

In another charge made for the first time, he is also accused of distributing information intended to promote conduct of commercial sex with a minor outside Singapore. He is alleged to have e-mailed Teo seven times between Dec 25 and 30 last year.

Chan, who first appeared in court on March 1, is also charged with 40 counts of transmitting obscene materials by electronic means. He is said to have used his personal e-mail account to send obscene photographs and videos of young girls to various e-mail accounts for the purpose of distribution.

Yesterday’s fresh charges bring the total number that he is facing to 145 – the bulk of which are for transmitting obscene materials in 2011 and 2012.

He is alleged to have had 61 pirated DVDs and 16 obscene films in a video file, 14 DVDs and a VCD at his Yishun Ring Road home on March 1.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Yang Ziliang applied for Chan to be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health under the State Courts Act for psychiatric evaluation. Chan, whose family has hired a lawyer for him, will be back in court on March 28.

If convicted of the commercial sex offences, he could be jailed for up to 10 years and/or fined on each charge. The maximum penalty for transmitting obscene materials is three months’ jail and a fine on each charge.

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