Ex-teacher with prison report of intercourse offences involving underage boys admits to new fees, Courts & Crime Information & High Tales
SINGAPORE – A former elementary school teacher with a criminal record of sex and underage boys has committed a variety of criminal offenses since his last release from prison.
Chock Soon Seng, now 43, pleaded guilty to four cases of sexual penetration in a district court Monday (March 15) involving two out of three underage boys he met in 2018 and 2019.
Fourteen other charges involving the juvenile and the third victim will be considered in the conviction.
Chock was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the first time in 2010 after attempting to convince two 13-year-old boys that he was watching them perform a sexual act.
In 2014, the Singaporean was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy and threatening to post his nude pictures online.
Chock, now on remand, was working as a freelance tutor at the time of his last offense.
The court heard that his first victim, a 15-year-old boy, posted an ad on Locanto online classifieds site in 2018 indicating that he was interested in finding women.
Chock responded to the ad in April of that year, and the teenager told him he was not a homosexual.
But Chock persuaded him to “experiment” and said it was “normal for straight men to engage in sexual acts on one another”.
In their court documents, Assistant Prosecutors Chin Jincheng and Chong Yong said Chock made no attempts to verify the teen’s age and instead offered to pay him for sexual acts.
Chock continued to convince the boy and was allowed to go to the teenager’s house on April 23, 2018, where they had oral sex each other. Later he gave the boy an unspecified amount of money and left.
Prosecutors said: “The money was less than agreed and the defendant informed (the victim) that he had not yet received his salary.”
Chock continued to molest the boy, saying he wanted to meet again for more sexual activity, but the minor replied that he was not interested.
He then promised to pay the boy if he agreed to a second meeting.
The teenager relented, and they engaged in sexual acts at the boy’s home on May 11, 2018.
After that second meeting, he blocked Chock on WhatsApp.
Chock met the second victim, a 13-year-old boy, through the gay dating app Grindr in 2018, and the teen told him he was a 6th grade student.
The couple met on April 15 that year and had oral sex on a landing in a parking garage.
They met again two days later and performed similar acts in a toilet cubicle at the Punggol Community Club.
Dock’s crimes became known in June 2019 when the boy’s mother found some sexual conversation on her son’s cell phone. She alerted the police, and the officers arrested Chock shortly afterwards.
District Judge John Ng called for reports on Monday to assess Chock’s suitability for corrective training and preventive detention.
Both correctional training and preventive incarceration are for repeat offenders. They don’t offer the usual one-third remission for good behavior.
Corrective training is usually given when the court determines that the perpetrator needs significant training in reformation and crime prevention. The maximum duration for the correction training is 14 years.
In preventive detention, a repeat offender over 30 years of age is sentenced to a substantial prison term in order to protect the public. The arrest warrant can last up to 20 years.
Chock is sentenced on April 9th.