Besides the former principal of Pei Chun Public School Lee Lip Hong, a former teacher and Head of Department in Jurong Junior College Chua Ren Cheng was charged in court on Wednesday for having commercial sex with the same underage prostitute!
Said to be a popular teacher among students and a fast rising star in the education sector, Chua tendered his resignation abruptly in January this year, much to the surprise of fellow colleagues. He studied his ‘A’ levels at Hwa Chong Junior College before pursuing a Masters in Radiation Physics with Medical Applications at University College, London.
Chua was also a grassroots leader and the former Chairman of Taman Jurong Youth Executive Committee (YEC). His profile on the website of the People’s Association has since been removed:
[Source: Hardwarezone Forum (from Google cache of PA’s website on 10 March]
According to media reports, Chua reportedly hanged out frequently with Lee and another unnamed teacher and the three of them used to patronize prostitutes together. It is not known if Chua is a PAP member as well.
Lee Lip Hong was among the first batch of 44 men charged on Monday for having sex with a minor. He has pleaded guilty and told the media that he is willing to be punished for his mistake.
Other men include 9 civil servants, a senior banker, a company director, a senior vice-president of a private company, lawyers, a senior police officer, as well as the former principal of Pei Chun Public School Lee Lip Hong. Their ages range from between 21 to 48 years old.
The pimp and mastermind behind the online vice syndicate, 39 year old Tang Boon Thiew has been charged last year.
Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat has earlier said it is important not to let “one or two incidents” tarnish the image of the teaching profession, because there are many good teachers around.
He added that there would be a couple of black sheep from time to time in spite of efforts to maintain professional standards.