Piano teacher’s sentencing for molesting 5-year-old pupil adjourned, prosecution seeks jail, defence asks for probation

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The man, now 22, had stuck his hand inside the girl's underwear during a lesson in 2016 on the pretence of correcting her sitting posture.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to clarify that the victim’s impact statement included a psychologist’s report, and was not written by a psychologist as mentioned in an earlier version of the story.

The man has Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s syndrome but is assessed to be a high functioning individual with mild to moderate social cognitive impairment. During the proceedings, he kept his head bowed, with his hands occasionally interlacing behind his neck, or holding his head. Pointing out that the man was at a moderate to moderately high risk of reoffending, the prosecution said the principle of deterrence would not be addressed by a probation sentence.

“Anyone in this room if they were asked questions about sexual history whether he watches porn….most of us very reticent to talk about this. Victim cannot emotionally blackmail the court: judgeAddressing the victim’s impact statement, which included a psychologist’s report, Justice Pang Khang Chau said that the victim could not be allowed to influence the decision of the court.

Molested during piano lessonDetails of the incident were revealed when the man pleaded guilty to one count of molest on 23 April.

 

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