Even though our elders are supposed to guide us and lead us in a morally upright way, that unfortunately fails to happen sometimes.
Just today (5 May), a Singaporean man who carried out unlawful sexual acts while being a member of a religious order of the Catholic faith was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
According to The Straits Times, he is not a priest. However, he was the godfather of one of the victims.
Today (5 May), he plead guilty to one charge of voluntarily having carnal intercourse against the order of nature, as well as one charge under the Children and Young Persons Act.
In addition to that, two other charges were also taken into consideration during sentencing.
Due to a gag order, details about the man and both his victims cannot be disclosed.
The details include the man’s designation and appointment, as well as the location where the incidents happened.
However, according to reports by CNA, both victims had asked the man to be their godfather in 2007 and sometime between 2003 and 2004 respectively.
The man performed sex acts on victims when they were between the ages of 14 and 15.
While in court today (5 May), Deputy Public Prosecutor Sarah Siaw asked for a punishment of four to six years’ jail.
She noted that the victims’ trust for the perpetrator was undeniable, and that the man had clearly misused his role as an educator and godfather of one of the victims.
Apart from that, the fact that the sex acts took place multiple times and the boys’ young age were also factors that were raised in court.
Defence Lawyer’s Response
In response to that, defence lawyer Edmond Pereira pointed out that both victims are now working adults who have “moved on”, and that they are “doing well”. Both victims also went on to start their own families after the incidents.
He also said that there was no evidence that the victims were “marred” by the experience, and asked for a shorter sentence for his client.
Pereira also said that his client had “lost himself” and was “overwhelmed” at that time, but also admitted that it did not excuse his actions.
For voluntarily having carnal intercourse against the order of nature, offenders may face up to ten year’s imprisonment and a fine.
For committing an offence under the Children and Young Persons Act, first-time offenders may face up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.
For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty per charge is doubled.
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