Singapore doctor charged over sexual offences, some involving 14-year-old minor

The 39-year-old is also charged for cheating national healthcare groups and various traffic offences

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Singapore doctor Lim Yong Chin faces a total of 28 charges including sexual penetration of a minor and sexual exploitation of a child or young person, cheating national healthcare groups and multiple traffic offences. (Photo: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE - A doctor was charged in court on Wednesday (1 February) for numerous offences, including sexual crimes against teenagers, cheating national healthcare groups and multiple traffic offences.

According to various media reports, Lim Yong Chin, 39-year-old founder and director of Access Medical Clinics group, faces a total of 28 charges, which include sexual penetration of a minor and sexual exploitation of a child or young person.

The courts imposed a gag order to protect the identities of Lim's alleged victims.

Offences included penetration of minor, voyeurism and filming without consent

Lim reportedly had touched a 14-year-old inappropriately between March and April 2021.

He had used his hand to touch the private parts of a girl over her underwear before making her perform a sexual act on him.

The act was repeated in April that year at a HDB unit in Bedok Reservoir Road, in which he allegedly sexually violated her and made her perform another sex act.

Referencing court documents, Lim was also allegedly involved in three other incidents in which he recorded young females without consent.

The first involved a then-19-year-old female, who was in her underwear and in the midst of an intimate act with Lim.

The latter incidents involved two other girls between the age of 18 and 19, on separate occasions. Once in 2020 and the other between 2020 and 2021.

Cheating national polyclinics and traffic offences

Lim is also charged with cheating the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics and SingHealth Polyclinics into disbursing Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) subsidies for fictitious claims, according to a statement from the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

He also allegedly drove while under suspension and drove a motor vehicle without insurance.

If convicted, his heftiest punishment would include a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.

He has been offered bail of S$120,000 and is scheduled to appear in court again on 15 March 2023.

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