SINGAPORE — A 32-year-old man who pretended to be a secret society leader and a psychic to con four teenage girls into performing sexual acts for him was given 10 years’ corrective training and eight strokes of the cane on Thursday (2 April).
This means that Simon Wong Choy Chuan will have no remission, which is usually given to prisoners who show good behaviour. Corrective training is a prison regime of between five and 14 years which is usually given to repeat offenders, and Wong has a history of sexual offences against minors.
He had consensual sex with a then-15-year-old girl in 2007 and sexually abused minors aged 12 to 15 in 2013. Then, Wong had applied a similar tactic by getting to know his victims through mutual acquaintances. He then convinced them that he was easily possessed and threatened them into having sex.
For the current set of offences, Wong was 30, but lied to the victims about his age. Three of his victims were assessed to have low intelligence.
He entered into relationships with three victims and came up with a roster to engage in sex acts with all four – who were aged 13 to 15 – during their weekly “gang meetings” at a HDB void deck or various multi-storey carparks. The four cannot be named to protect their identities.
First victim recruited the others
In an earlier hearing, Wong pleaded guilty to four charges of sexually penetrating a minor under the age of 16. Another 24 charges relating to sexual offences against the girls will be taken into consideration for his sentencing.
Wong, a Malaysian and Singapore permanent resident, was then working part time at his mother’s maid agency.
He lied to the first victim that he was 21, after meeting the 15-year-old in August 2017 through a mutual friend on Facebook.
The pair began dating a month later and he made her perform sexual acts on him.
In December 2017, Wong told the first victim to introduce more female friends to him. The first victim then introduced the second victim, 14, the third victim, 13, and the fourth victim, 14. He lied to these three girls that he was only 19 years old and that he was the second head of the “Omega Secret Society gang”.
He knew that young girls were gullible and wanted them to fear him so that they would not dare to report him to the police.
Wong asked all four girls to join his gang and to pay him $10 on a daily basis as membership fees in return for protection against bullying in school. In total, he earned about $130 from the victims in this manner.
He also made the first victim teach her friends how to perform sexual acts. While initially reluctant, the first victim eventually did so as she did not want anger Wong.
To add to his ruse, Wong also pretended to have psychic abilities and predicted that the fourth victim would experience “ill fortune” if the second victim did not perform the sexual act on him.
Wong later asked the second and fourth victims to be his girlfriends so that they would perform the sexual acts willingly.
He then came up with a weekly roster for the sexual acts and met the victims at least once a week at either the void deck of a HDB block in Ang Mo Kio or multi-storey carparks located in Jalan Teck Whye and Canberra Road.
In January, the third victim was made to perform oral sex on Wong at a multi-storey carpark along Canberra Road. After this occasion, she continued meeting the group for about a week before cutting off all contact with Wong.
She lodged a police report on 14 February 2018 after becoming concerned for her safety. Wong had been calling her phone and demanding that she attend the group’s meetings.
For sexually penetrating a minor under 16, Wong could have been jailed up to 10 years, or fined, or both, on each count.
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