The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said in a statement on Wednesday (8 Mar) to local media that the Public Prosecutor has decided not to appeal against the four-year sentence for 39-year-old American Joshua Robinson who had sex with two 15-year-old girls and filmed them.
AGC said in its statement that the sentences imposed were “broadly in line with relevant sentencing precedents”.
AGC further noted that the prosecution took into consideration the fact that securing a guilty plea from Robinson would spare three young victims the trauma of testifying and being cross-examined at trial, before arriving at the sentence for the offences.
Apart from the three offences for having sex with the two underaged girls, Robinson was also charged for five offences for the possession of obscene films and one for showing an obscene film to a six-year-old girl.
He was caught in June 2015 after his second victim told her parents and made a police report against him.
Officers found and seized 5,902 X-rated films, including 321 films of child pornography while searching Robinson’s apartment.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Nicholas Lai in the hearing, called Robinson a sexual predator who groomed and morally corrupted his young victims and coaxed them into having sex with him but only claimed four to five years jail for Robinson.
The authority noted that as both the girls Robinson had sex with were above 14 years of age, statutory rape was not committed.
“The AGC would like to assure the public that in discharging our duties, we do not differentiate between Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans,” it said in the statement, adding that it would be discussing with the Ministry of Law whether the relevant legislation should be reviewed to enhance sentencing for some of the offences.