The former principal of Pei Chun Public School Lee Lip Hong broke down and cried in court today as the judge sentenced him to nine weeks imprisonment for having commercial sex with his minor. When the jail sentence was handed down at about noon, Lee was seen wiping tears from his eyes.
His lawyer Melanie Ho has pleaded for leniency saying that Lee did not suspect anything was wrong and had no reason to doubt the age of the underage prostitute, based on her physical appearance, demeanour and maturity.
Ms Ho said her client was very remorseful and understood that he had made a very serious mistake.
Lee later requested to plead personally, telling the judge that even though he changed his mind and decided to engage a counsel, he never changed his decision to plead guilty.
He added he was fully ashamed of his actions, which have caused pain and harm to his family, especially his wife and many others who entrusted him to be their role model.
“I would like to confess that I am fully ashamed of my own actions, and more importantly the pain and harm that I have caused to my family members, especially my wife. My wife has magnanimously taken a tough decision to forgive me, and even proposed to reaffirm our wedding vows once again.”
In mitigation, Lee admitted his mistake was caused by his ‘weak resistance’ to ‘distractions’ and his personal lack of control of his own moral standards.
Besides Lee Lip Hong, another former teacher and prominent grassroots leader in Jurong Chua Ren Cheng was also charged for having sex with the same underage prostitutes.
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