British teacher is sentenced to prison and a CANING for molesting a three-year-old girl in Singapore
An expat British teacher was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in jail and three strokes of the cane after he admitted molesting a three-year-old child at an education centre in Singapore.
Richard Christopher Monks, 29, was employed to teach reading to young children at a language centre on the island.
Monks was reportedly caught on CCTV lifting up the dress of his victim and touching her inappropriately with his left hand for 15 minutes.
Footage taken on October 20, 2018 also shows Monks using his right hand to point a camera up the girl’s skirt.
The teacher, who was 27 at the time, used his own mobile phone to film the abuse.
The girl’s parents became aware of the abuse when she expressed reluctance to attend future classes.
She complained that ‘teacher Richard’ touched her, prompting her mother to call the police.
It’s reported that there were six children present and the victim was the youngest. The others were between four and five years old.
After gathering his class to watch a video, Monks placed himself behind the students as he was aware that a CCTV camera was installed in a corner of the classroom
The children’s upper bodies blocked the camera’s view of his hands.
Footage reportedly showed Monks positioning himself behind the victim as he played a video on his phone.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Hsiao Tien said the victim was ‘uncomfortable’ as she was fidgeting and turned back to look at the teacher several times.
Monks was arrested in 2018 after returning from a visit to Thailand.
He originally denied molesting the girl to police.
British teacher admits he molested 3-year-old girl during language class
During a class at a language training and literacy centre, a teacher from England molested a three-year-old pupil while the other children watched a video.
British national Richard Christopher Monks, 29, pleaded guilty on Monday (Feb 1) to one charge of using criminal force to outrage a minor’s modesty.
He had originally been set for a trial but decided to admit to the charge.
The court heard that Monks worked at a language centre that was not named in court documents. The students there were aged between two-and-a-half and 12.
The victim was 3 years and 11 months old at the time of the offence and attended Monks’ lessons at the centre every Saturday, calling him “Teacher Richard”.
On Oct 20, 2018, she went for her lesson in a classroom with a table in the middle of the room. The victim was the youngest in a class of six, with her classmates aged four or five.
At about 5.20pm, Monks gathered all the students to sit on one side of the table for a video-watching session, placing himself behind the students and opposite a closed-circuit television camera that he knew was in the room.
This way, the students’ upper bodies blocked the camera’s view of his hands, while the lower halves of the kids’ bodies could not be captured.
After playing a video on his phone and placing it on the table for the students to watch, Monks sat behind the victim and repeatedly slid his hand under her dress to molest her.
Monks was caught on CCTV repeatedly lifting the youngster’s pink dress and touching her bottom, while also pointing a camera up her skirt.
Uncomfortable at his touch, the victim expressed her discomfort by fidgeting and turning back to look at him several times. The clip of the incident was played in open court. Despite the victim’s reactions, Monks continued to molest the girl.
The crime went undetected until Oct 27, 2018, when the girl’s parents were preparing to take her to another of Monks’ lessons. The girl appeared reluctant, and when questioned, told her mother that “Teacher Richard” had touched her.
When asked where he touched her, the girl pointed to her buttocks and said this happened during the previous lesson. The victim’s mother lodged a police report that day and stopped taking their child for lessons at the centre.
Investigations showed that Monks had repeatedly pointed his handphone camera at the victim’s buttocks the day he molested her, but he left Singapore on Oct 27, 2018, the day the report was lodged.
He traveled to Thailand and returned to Singapore on Oct 31, 2018 and was arrested a day later. He claimed that he had lost his mobile phone in Thailand, so it cannot be determined how many photos or videos he had taken.
Monks will return to court for mitigation and sentencing on Wednesday.
For using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a minor, he could be jailed for up to five years, fined, caned, or given any combination of these punishments.