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Singapore angry at foreigner's lenient child sex sentence.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:36 am

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There is public anger in Singapore over what is seen as a too lenient sentence for a US child sex offender.

US Mixed Martial Arts instructor Joshua Robinson, 39, was jailed for four years last week for having sex with two teenage girls and filming the acts.
Officers also seized thousands of illegal pornographic films from his flat, including 321 featuring children, the largest haul ever in Singapore.

A petition was launched calling the sentence "absolutely intolerable".
For each charge of having sex with a minor, Robinson could have been jailed in Singapore for up to 10 years and fined.

But on Wednesday, Singapore's Public Prosecutor said it would not be appealing for a harsher sentence. It said the two 15-year-old victims had "consented to the sexual acts", meaning the sentence was appropriate.

Specialising in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Robinson had been living in Singapore for about six years...
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Re: Singapore angry at foreigner's lenient child sex sentence.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:27 am

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Singapore is not known for its lenient sentencing, however, despite the public outcry and the calls for caning, Singapore's Public Prosecutor is maintaining Robinson's 4 year sentence as in line with previous sentencing of offences of the same nature.
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In its statement on Wednesday, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) acknowledged public unhappiness but said the four-year sentence was "broadly in line with relevant sentencing precedents" and that by pleading guilty, the victims had been spared having to testify.

It stressed Robinson had been convicted of neither sexual assault nor statutory rape, as the girls were above the age of 14 and had consented. "Caning is not provided for any of the offences Robinson was charged with," it said.

The AGC said it did "not differentiate between Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans", but that it would be discussing with government "whether the relevant legislation should be reviewed to enhance sentencing for some of the offences".


Public outcry and petition for a harsher sentence:
https://www.change.org/p/4-year-jail-se ... a-robinson
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