Former skipping rope coach found guilty of rape, sexual assault on 13-year-old girl

Hannah Teoh
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A skipping rope coach who raped and sexually abused a teenage girl under his charge was found guilty following a High Court trial that concluded on Tuesday (20 February).

Roger Yue Jr, 59, was found guilty on all seven charges for the sexual offences he committed against the girl. These included statutory rape, making her perform oral sex on him as well as abusing her with the handle of a skipping rope and a vibrator.

Forty-one additional charges against Yue were stood down.

The victim, who is now 22, cannot be identified due to a court-imposed gag order. She first became acquainted with Yue in 2005 when he was coaching her co-curricular activity group at school.

Yue committed indecent acts on the girl and raped her at his studio, at her school and at his home between August 2008 and April 2009. The abuse continued until late 2010, when the girl finally stopped associating with Yue.

Years later, the girl confided in her polytechnic lecturer and counsellor about what had happened and a police report was lodged in April 2014.

Justice Aedit Abdullah said the fact that the victim only reported the abuses five years after they occurred did not mean that her credibility was reduced. “A victim who reports very long after the event does not necessarily suffer from reduced credibility, though such an omission robs the victim of the strength of support that is to be obtained from early reporting,” said Justice Aedit.

Noting the victim’s young age when the sexual offences were committed against her, Justice Aedit said that the court should not expect a child to behave like an adult in immediately reporting such assaults.

“While the average adult may be expected to react in a particular way, and would have been expected to resist, or to report or complain about an assault as soon as possible, a juvenile could not be expected to always react similarly,” he said.

Justice Aedit also noted that the victim maintained her version of events during cross-examination.

The judge also rejected Yue’s claim that the two were in a relationship. “I accept the evidence of the victim that the sexual acts were committed through what was at least cajoling, if not pressure, by the accused person,” he said.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Winston Man said in his closing submission that the victim had no motive to falsely accuse Yue.

Yue, who is represented by Peter Fernando, will be back in court on 21 March for sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ jail and a fine for rape and sexual penetration.

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