Jun 04, 2013

    Sex-for-grades ex-law prof gets five months' jail

    FORMER National University of Singapore (NUS) law professor Tey Tsun Hang was sentenced to five months' jail yesterday, after being found guilty on six counts of corruption last Tuesday.

    Tey, 42, had been charged last July with six counts of corruptly obtaining gifts and sex from his student, Ms Darinne Ko, 23, in exchange for better grades.

    He was also ordered to pay a penalty of $514.80, the sum equivalent to the value of two tailored shirts that were given to him and the unpaid balance of a dinner bill at an Italian restaurant.

    Tey, who is expected to appeal against both the sentence and conviction, was released yesterday afternoon after posting bail of $150,000.

    In his oral grounds of decision, Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye said Tey "clearly" and "systematically" took advantage of Ms Ko, and his corrupt actions were "premeditated".

    The judge said that the sentence must have an element of sufficient deterrence, so that it sends a clear message that corruption is not tolerated in tertiary institutions. He added that it was an "irony" that the crimes took place at the NUS Faculty of Law.

    Tey was sacked from his position at NUS after he was convicted last week.

    The judge also said that more severe sentences were handed down for the charges in which Tey had sex with Ms Ko.

    Tey was convicted on two charges of having sex with Ms Ko in his office on July 24, 2010 and on July 28 that same year. The other four charges were for receiving gifts, including a Mont Blanc pen and an iPod Touch.

    The judge said that while the sexual acts were consensual, they resulted in Ms Ko losing her virginity and getting pregnant.

    Tey later told Ms Ko to have an abortion, while she was in the United States on an exchange programme, but he was not prepared to pay the cost of US$2,000 (S$2,500), the judge added.