2 teen boys who took upskirt and nude videos of female schoolmates get probation

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
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While a student in a secondary school, he advised a schoolmate on ways to take upskirt videos.

Both male students, now 17-year-old, then took upskirt videos of female teachers, schoolmates, and other women outside of school for more than a year, collecting more than 27 videos each.

The two boys, who knew each other from a co-curricular activity, also took videos of female schoolmates showering during an overnight camp in school, which is in Ang Mo Kio.

On Tuesday (23 October), each was sentenced to 21 months’ probation with conditions specific to their offences in the State Courts.

The duo committed the offences between 2016 and 2018. Both cannot be named due to a gag order.

“Boy A” who gave the advice to “Boy B”, first took upskirt videos towards the end of 2016.

When in school, both would take videos – either together or separately – while female students were walking up the stairs, or when they were getting up from canteen seats. Outside of school, they would take videos of women on escalators or other public areas, such as a Popular bookstore or NTUC supermarket.

“Boy B” also took upskirt videos of a female teacher in a classroom by positioning his phone in recording mode facing upwards. During lessons, he would take videos of seated female students. While in the school hall, he would place his phone in recording mode on the floor to record students walking past him.

While on a five-day camp between November and December last year, the two attempted to plant a small camera in one of the female shower cubicles in school.

When the camera failed to stick to the wall, the pair decided to use their mobile phones instead.

On 30 November, at about 11pm, the two saw that the area outside the toilet was deserted.

They learned that several female students were going to take a shower and decided to film them. Both then held their phones over the top of the cubicles to record the girls showering. Each caught at least four videos of the girls in the nude.

The boys were caught after a female student suspected that “Boy B” took an upskirt video of her. She reported her suspicions on to a female teacher, who in turn demanded that the boy unlock his phone. The boy refused, and the matter was escalated to the discipline master on 3 January this year. The discipline master made a police report the next day.

“Boy A” admitted to eight counts of insulting the modesty of a woman, while 30 counts were taken into consideration for sentencing. A total of 34 upskirt and attempted upskirt videos and four videos of females showering were found on his phone.

As part of his probation, “Boy A” is prohibited from owning or using mobile devices with cameras and recording functions.

“Boy B” admitted to six counts of insulting a woman’s modesty, while 25 counts were taken into consideration.  A total of 27 upskirt and attempted upskirt videos, and five videos of females showering were found in his phone.

Similarly, he is disallowed from using mobile devices with cameras or recording functions unless found suitable by a psychologist.

Both teens also have to attend behaviour specific treatment programmes as part of the conditions of their 21-month probation.

For insulting the modesty of a woman, each teen could have been jailed up to a year and/or fined for each count.