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Sintunado na: Filipino teacher gets jail term, caning for molesting student

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A Filipino music teacher in Singapore has been sentenced to 21 months in jail and one stroke of the cane for molesting an 18-year-old student.

District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt found the Filipino, 33, guilty of four counts of molestation on the female student, who he was teaching to play the cello.

The court held a five-day trial, and learned the girl was traumatized by the incident such that she hid under a desk and cut her wrists with scissors (https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2019/05/09/teacher-who-molested-student-during-cello-lessons-to-be-jailed-caned/).

Court records showed the Filipino first molested the student on June 25, 2016, after pointing out that the way she placed her cello against her body was incorrect and touched her chest briefly.

He also placed a hand inside her top and touched her right thigh.

The girl’s mother learned of the incident when the girl took a long shower when she got home, then hid under her desk with her wrists cut.

“My cello teacher touched me,” the girl said when asked what happened.

The girl sought treatment at the Institute of Mental Health as she had trouble sleeping and felt “the need to be clean.”

But the Filipino teacher denied the allegations and intends to appeal. He was offered bail of S$20,000.

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