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    Feb 27, 2015

    Man took photos while minor had sex

    AN INFORMATION technology specialist photographed a minor having sex with a teenage part-time model in a threesome with himself, a district court heard yesterday.

    The 41-year-old, who cannot be named, is the first to be prosecuted for causing a minor to have sex with another person, an offence which carries up to 10 years' jail and/or a fine.

    The Singapore permanent resident from India, who has quit his job, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on March 10 with two other charges to be considered.

    In late October 2012, the minor, then 15, became acquainted with the accused, a photography enthusiast, who had posted an online advertisement looking for an "extra man'' to satisfy what he claimed was his girlfriend's fantasies. The Chinese national responded as he was curious.

    The two chatted online. The minor sent the accused a photograph as requested, and told him he was 18.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Kavita Uthrapathy said the accused met the minor and the part-time model, some time in late October or early November that year, at the Conrad Centennial Hotel for the photo shoot.

    In the room, the model told the minor she was a second-year polytechnic student who had dropped out of school. The minor claimed he was a first-year polytechnic student.

    The accused set up his camera equipment and had the teen pose with the model while he took pictures.

    She was asked to undress the boy, who felt uncomfortable but did not express it, as the accused had assured him the photographs were meant only for his personal use.

    The accused then asked the duo to engage in sexual activity, in which he joined at one stage. Before they left, the model asked to be paid and he gave her $250.

    The boy made a police report on Jan 9 last year, a day after his photographs were seen by a friend on the Internet.

    Pressing for a deterrent custodial sentence, she said the boy was only 15 when he was recruited to take part in the accused's twisted sexual fantasies.

    The accused, she said, did nothing to ascertain his age, and instead took advantage of his obvious naivety by making him do all sorts of lewd acts.