Ex-school principal released from jail

Former school principal Lee Lip Hong was released from Changi Prison on Friday morning after six weeks in jail.

The 39-year-old former principal of Pei Chun Public School was sentenced to nine weeks’ jail for paying for sex with an under-aged girl in April, but was released early on grounds of good behaviour.

Lee was the first of 48 men to be charged in April for being part of a major police probe into an online prostitution ring.

The ex-principal admitted to two charges of having paid S$500 on each of two occasions for sex with a girl under 18 at Hotel 81 Bencoolen in September and December 2010.

Lee, who was a free thinker, turned to Christianity and inspirational books while in prison, reported The Straits Times.

He also told Channel News Asia he will focus on his family and work on getting their forgiveness.

"I think the important thing is to have the courage to face up the consequences. And then move on from there.. there is nothing in stopping me to make further contributions to the community or to the society, as long as I have the determination to do so," he said.