SINGAPORE — A former Singapore Press Holdings journalist has been sentenced to 18 months’ jail for sex with an underaged girl he was mentoring.

Eisen Teo Guan Kuan, 29, was part of the SPH team producing two weekly magazines for primary and secondary school students. He mentored about a dozen student journalists at the “IN Crowd” media club, which the victim was part of.

Teo started to take a special interest in the girl, who was 15 at the time of the offences, after reading on her blog that she was depressed.

They became romantically involved in the fourth quarter of 2011. On a date in Fort Canning Park in early 2012, he suggested she perform oral sex on him in one of the toilets.

Then in June 2012, he invited her to the flat he shared with his wife, and had sex with the victim in the study room while his wife was baking in the kitchen.

The victim attempted suicide two days later and told her sister a few months later about sex with Teo. She made a police report in Dec 2012.

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