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Ministry of Education suspends teacher amidst serious sexual offence allegations

SINGAPORE — Kenneth Seah Wei Yuan, a former teacher at the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore, is facing multiple charges relating to sexual offences involving minors. Seah, 34, has been suspended from his teaching duties since early July, the MOE spokesman confirmed to local media.

Seah, who is no longer active in any school, faces five charges in total, the offences of which include engaging in sexual intercourse with minors.

The victims, whose identities are under a gag order, were aged 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged incidents.

According to court documents, Seah allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl at a staircase landing at a residential block in Choa Chu Kang around 3 pm on 2 February.

Another similar incident reportedly occurred with a different 15-year-old girl at the same location the following month.

As of now, there is no clarification on whether the two cases involve the same victim, as details have been redacted from the court documents for protection.

In a separate incident, Seah reportedly communicated several times with a 13-year-old girl before meeting her on 17 May.

Although the court documents did not specify his actions during the meeting, he is now accused of sexually grooming a minor under the age of 16.

Furthermore, Seah is also accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl on a staircase landing at a block of flats in Bishan on 26 June. He has also been charged with producing child abuse material during this incident by reportedly recording two videos of the act.

Seah is currently held at the Changi Prison Complex medical centre for medical examination. His case has been adjourned to 2 August.

The MOE released a statement on the matter, expressing a severe stance against staff misconduct.

The ministry stated, “MOE takes a serious view of staff misconduct and will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against those who fail to adhere to our standards of conduct and discipline, including dismissal from service.”

If convicted, Seah faces severe penalties for each of his charges. Each count of engaging in sexual relations with a minor carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a substantial fine.

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