SINGAPORE — An Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) scientist who flashed at two women in a condominium and lay on another woman's bed naked was sentenced to 10 weeks' jail and a fine of $1,600 on Monday (1 November).
Xie Danpeng, 31, was then banned from entering the condominium, but he trespassed into its premises to take a pair of shoes. He used the pair of shoes as an excuse to return to the condominium later on.
The Chinese national had earlier pleaded guilty to a count of trespass, dishonest misappropriation of property, and two counts of sexual exposure. Another two charges of a similar nature were considered for his sentencing. The victims cannot be named as their identities are under a gag order.
Exposed his private parts
On 12 April last year, a 37-year-old woman was returning to her unit in the condominium after hanging laundry when she saw Xie standing in the common area. Xie had his penis exposed over the top of his shorts and was masturbating.
The woman filmed Xie with her phone, but Xie continued the act while staring at the woman.
The alarmed woman then fled to her unit and showed her employer the video. The employer called the police.
At around the same time, another woman, 26, was in her unit when she saw Xie masturbating. Xie also made eye contact with this woman. The woman hurriedly called out to her boyfriend, and the man ran out to the balcony to ask Xie what he was doing.
Xie fled to his unit, but the boyfriend later confronted him and reported the incident to the condominium's management. Xie was arrested but was released on bail.
After Xie was arrested, he was evicted from his unit and banned from entering the condominium from 14 April last year.
He tried to enter the premises a day later and the police were called in. He was then warned not to enter the area without permission. Xie was supposed to liaise with his landlord if he wanted to collect his belongings.
Returned to the condo
On 19 April last year however, Xie returned to the condominium via an unlocked door leading to the rubbish collection area. He took a pair of shoes that was placed on a shoe rack outside the 26-year-old woman's unit.
He left the condominium and returned some half an hour later and told the 26-year-old woman that he was returning the shoes. The woman saw Xie at her front door when he dropped the shoes off.
The chairman of the Owner's Committee at the condominium lodged a police report in relation to the 19 April incident.
On 12 June last year, Xie trespassed into a 32-year-old woman's room. Court documents did not state where this woman lived, but that she and Xie were acquainted.
At about 11am, the woman returned to her room after breakfast and saw Xie lying naked on her bed. Before the incident, Xie had been walking around her unit wearing transparent underwear.
Separately, Xie stole a bicycle from outside Alexandra Retail Centre on 10 April last year. The bicycle was worth $600 and CCTV footage captured Xie riding away with it. The bicycle was not recovered.
Xie's lawyer, Chung Ting Fai, said his client suffered from exhibitionistic disorder, which contributed to his offending behaviour. Xie also has adjustment disorder with depressed mood.
According to the lawyer, Xie is still with A*Star and has been given a reduced workload. Before the lockdown, Xie had no problems at work, and his performance did not deteriorate while he was working from home.
An A*Star spokesperson said that Xie had been suspended since July this year. He added the company has commenced an internal disciplinary process against Xie, which will take into account his sentence.
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