Aaron Kok Chun Cheong: a trainee teacher, a blogger, and a sex offender

A 23-year-old Aaron Kok Chun Cheong is all the above. He had sex with two girls aged 15 & 12 (according to Straits Times) or 13 (according to Channel News Asia). No, it's not a threesome, mind you. The wrong doings were done in separate occasions.

Oh yes, he is a blogger too. His blog http://mesmerising-sorrows.blogspot.com/ (titled ominously, "Lost & Yet to be Found") is now restricted, but the cache page is still available here, thanks to Google.

So what if he's a blogger? I'm sure some of us are asking that. It's an irrelevant fact, one will rightly point out. Agreed. My point is "Trust no one, even if he or she owns a supposedly innocent blog". Take Aaron's blog as an example. One of his 'wishes' mentioned in his blog is cutely innocent: "To be friends with someone once more". Right. Whoever could have guessed?!

And what if he is a trainee teacher? It's not the first case "a member of the teaching profession has been convicted of sexual offences, after all". (Channel News Asia is kinda merciless in that statement. Heh. But I concur.)

The point is we hardly can't tell who is good or bad based on one's profession. Screw streotyping! Judge a book by its cover & you may end up burn the book after reading. Hmm...doesn't really make sense, but I just happen to remember this movie, "Burn After Reading". Never mind me.

A MAN who had sex with two underage girls a few years ago was sentenced to 15 months' jail on Tuesday.

But Aaron Kok Chun Cheong, 23, will only start his sentence on Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011, as he wanted to spend the New Year with his family.

Kok, now a trainee at National Institute of Education (NIE), was in national service at the time of the offences in 2007 and 2008.

The court heard that he got to know the two girls through an Internet chatline in 2006.

He had sex with a 15-year-old student at a toilet for the handicapped in West Mall shopping centre on April 20, 2008, a day after his return from NS training in Taiwan.

Earlier in September 2007, he had invited the other girl, then 12, to his flat where he had sex with her in his bedroom.

The offences came to light when the younger girl was found to be pregnant and was warded in hospital in July 2008. The girl, who terminated the pregnancy, had told the police that she had engaged in sex with several male persons.

Kok was not the biological father of the foetus.

Three other charges were taken into consideration during his sentencing.

Defence counsel Amolat Singh said Kok - who had a good record in polytechnic and during his national service - would have to pay liquidated damages amounting to $50,000 to $60,000 to the NIE for breaching his training contract.

From Straits Times, "Man jailed for sex with 2 underage girls, 15 & 12".

Another member of the teaching profession has been convicted of sexual offences.

Aaron Kok Chun Cheong, 23, who on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two counts of sex with two underage girls, will be sacked as a trainee teacher, his lawyer, Amolat Singh, told a District Court.

Kok committed the offences between September 2007 and April 2008 when he was a full-time national serviceman.

Kok met the first girl through an Internet chat-line in late 2006.

A year later, he invited the girl, 13, to his flat and the pair then became intimate with each other. They then had sex and did not contact each other after that.

The girl was then warded at National University Hospital on July 15, 2008 after she complained of stomach pain and vomiting. She was pregnant.

She told the police she had had sex with several men.

She had an abortion on July 31, 2008, and tests revealed that Kok was not the biological father of the foetus.

A month earlier, another girl, 15, reported to the police that she had consensual sex with Kok on three occasions between April 20 and May 31 2008.

The first offence was committed in a handicapped persons toilet at West Mall shopping centre.

Pleading for leniency, Kok said he was a first-time offender and did not set out to target his victims.

Mr Amolat said: "They initiated and actively sought to have sexual relations with him."

Kok was jailed 15 months for carnal connection. He could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined.

Mr Amolat added that for breaching his contract with the National Institute of Education, Kok would also need to pay about S$60,000 as liquidated damages.

Last week, former MOE scholar, Jonathan Wong, was expelled from the University of York in the United Kingdom after pleading guilty to 17 charges of possessing child pornography videos.

The York Crown Court sentenced Wong to a six-month imprisonment sentence suspended for two years - which means he will not be jailed if he does not break the law during that period.

The court also ordered Wong to be placed under eight months' supervision and to be listed on the sex offender registry for seven years. He is disqualified from working with children.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Trainee teacher convicted of sexual offences".


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