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Expat British teacher, 29, faces being caned or jailed after being caught on CCTV molesting four-year-old girl in his Singapore classroom



Richard Christopher Monks, 29, was employed to teach reading to a class of five children aged between four and five at a language centre in the island state of Singapore

Footage taken on October 20, 2018, also shows Monks using his right hand to point a camera up the girl’s skirt. Monks, who was 27 at the time, also used his own mobile phone to film the abuse.

The incident came to light when the girl refused to go to the class and complained to her mother that ‘teacher Richard’ had been touching her.

‘The victim was uncomfortable with the accused’s touch, and expressed her discomfort by fidgeting and turning back to look at him several times during the said duration,’ Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Hsiao Tien said.

‘Despite (her) discomfort, the accused continued to touch and caress her buttocks.’

The mother reported the case to the Kampong Java Police Centre.

Monks was arrested in November 1, 2018 after he re-entered the country from a short trip to Thailand.

Police were unable to establish how many photos or videos were taken by Monks as he claimed he lost the phone while travelling in Thailand.

Initially, Monks denied any abuse but later confessed to a single instance and the case was adjourned for sentencing.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday for mitigation and sentencing.

He faces a fine, being caned, and a jail term of up to five years.

 



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