May 4, 2007
SAF officer exposed himself in school
A SINGAPORE Armed Forces (SAF) captain yesterday admitted trespassing in a school and exposing himself to teenage girls there.
Ong Chun Kiat, 27, who faces five charges, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal trespass and two of insulting the modesty of women in the school on Aug 12, 2005.
That day, he drove into the school compound though he has no legitimate purpose to be there, said Assistant Public Prosecutor Sasha Lee Kok San.
He did not report his presence to school personnel and went to the toilets near a ground floor canteen.
He loitered for a while before walking into the men's toilet, planting himself at the first urinal - which is visible from the entrance to the women's toilet.
He pulled down his trousers and underwear to the thighs, exposing his behind to a female student on her way to the women's toilet.
A few minutes later, another girl leaving the toilet spotted Ong, who turned around and exposed himself to her.
Shocked, she retreated into the toilet. The two girls stayed inside for a few minutes and when they left, Ong was gone.
But he returned on Aug 23 and exposed himself to another girl, who later made a police report.
In mitigation yesterday, Ong's lawyer, Mr Gregory Vijayendran, said his client had an impeccable record, even winning a Ministry of Defence study award in 2000 to pursue his education overseas.
Asking that Ong not be jailed, he added that he was struggling with depression at the time of the offences as a result of a failed relationship.
He has been to a consultant psychiatrist - Dr Y.C. Lim - and is undergoing counselling.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo adjourned the case to June 7 to await a progress report from Dr Lim.
She said: 'I take into account that he is young, a brilliant young man, and his future is in jeopardy over this unexplained behaviour.'
She also sought an assurance that Ong would not repeat such behaviour.