Straits Times
04 Sep 2013
Elena Chong

A RETIRED gynaecologist was charged in court yesterday with underage sex and committing indecent acts on a 14-year-old.

Ong Theng Kiat, 63, faces a total of 13 charges under the Penal Code and Children and Young Persons Act.

He is alleged to have committed the first indecent act and sexual abuse of the girl in his car parked at Bukit Brown Cemetery in Lorong Halwa on Sept 6, 2011.

A few hours later, he drove her to Balestier Hotel where he allegedly committed two consensual sexual offences with the minor and one indecent act.

In the same month, Ong allegedly committed five more sexual offences and indecent acts with the girl in his car at Bukit Brown Cemetery. The last three offences committed early last year also took place in his car there.

Ong indicated through his lawyer Subhas Anandan that he would like to plead guilty.

The Straits Times understands that he retired early this year. He had more than 30 years of experience in the profession and ran his practice at Gleneagles Medical Centre and Tanjong Katong Road.

Mr Anandan told District Judge Kessler Soh that Ong was anxious to dispose of the case. He tendered a psychiatric report and said his client suffers from a condition which has a “causal link” to the offences.

Ong’s bail has been extended until next Tuesday when the case will be mentioned. He was told not to approach the victim.

The maximum penalty for sexual penetration of a minor is 10 years’ jail and a fine.

If convicted of an indecent act, he could be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to five years on each charge.

An Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority record shows that Ong owns a company called Alpha Oil Trading.

Meanwhile, in the same court, a sales and marketing executive was charged with three counts of sexual penetration of the same minor and one of committing an obscene act on a young person.

S. Ravi Chander, 49, allegedly committed two sexual offences with the girl’s consent in a van in Nepal Park in North Buona Vista in June last year. The next month, he is said to have rubbed her private parts and had sex with her in the vehicle at the multi-storey carpark of Block 395, Bukit Batok West Avenue 5.

His case was adjourned to Sept 24.

elena@sph.com.sg

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