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    Jun 10, 2015

    Jailed for taking pic of naked girl

    A FORMER zookeeper was jailed for seven months yesterday for taking a photograph of a naked 12-year-old girl with his mobile phone.

    The 39-year-old man had admitted to committing an indecent act with a child at his home in Ang Mo Kio some time between April 25 and 26, 2012. He was then 36 years old. He cannot be named due to a gag order.

    The court heard that the accused was a good friend of the victim's mother. Through her mother, he had numerous interactions with the victim, who would address him as "uncle".

    Sometimes, the victim would ask the accused for money, and he would give her $2 to $10.

    On April 25 that year, the victim and her friend, a 17-year-old sales assistant, were at the void deck when the victim asked the accused for $300 to buy a mobile phone.

    He told her to call him later in the day. The victim asked him to call her friend instead, as her prepaid card had ran of money.

    At about 11.30pm, the victim's friend told her that the accused had called her and asked the victim to go to his house.

    As she was uncomfortable going there alone, the victim asked her friend to accompany her. When they arrived, the victim asked the accused again for money. He told them that he could teach them how to make money by becoming a "hostess".

    He asked the victim to strip naked. She was at first reluctant at first, but agreed after much persuasion

    The accused asked the victim to pose on a bed. He then took a photo of her.

    The accused's lawyer, S. S. Dhillon, had said in his mitigation plea that his client had been an active participant in community service and engaged in counselling for schools. He said the episode had taught the accused a bitter but valuable lesson in life.

    The maximum penalty for the offence under the Children and Young Persons Act is a $10,000 fine and five years' jail.