SINGAPORE — A Singaporean man who cheated three girls in Taiwan into sending him nude photos and videos by pretending that they had evil spirits or “bad auras” around them, was sentenced to five months’ jail on Tuesday (9 November).
Lee Wei Ming, 34, had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of knowingly possessing obscene films, with one count considered for his sentencing.
Pretending to be an elderly woman, Lee would tell the girls through Facebook that he could exorcise or dispel the evil spirits if they carried out several actions, such as hopping, squatting and standing, while naked.
The girls, aged 11 to 12, sent him the videos after he claimed that they would suffer harm if they did not do so. All cannot be named to protect their identities.
Detected by Taiwan police
Lee was caught after Taiwanese authorities informed the Singapore Police Force (SPF) about a case of child exploitation on 4 June 2019. Taiwan police said that the victims had been made to send their photos to a medium via Facebook and had traced the IP address to Singapore.
SPF traced the IP address to Lee’s physical address at Jalan Jurong Kechil and arrested him at his home on 24 October 2019. Officers seized several devices, including five external hard disk drives. A total of 1,903 video files on his devices were found to be obscene, with at least 11 video files involving the three victims.
Lee created the fictitious persona of a young girl on Facebook to target other young girls. After gaining their trust, Lee would then introduce the victims to another fictional persona, an elderly female medium, who could ostensibly sense evil spirits and dispel them if the victims followed her instructions while naked.
Lee would claim to delete the videos after viewing, but instead kept them for his sexual pleasure.
The three victims later felt they had been lied to and lodged reports with the Taiwanese police.
'No mitigating weight'
Lee's mitigation plea had stated that Lee had paedophilic disorder and that his parents are prepared to supervise him to ensure that he does not re-offend.
In response, Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lim, who had sought a jail term of six months, said Lee's condition was not a relevant mitigating factor as it did not diminish his self control.
DPP Lim added, “The accused is a full-grown adult of 34 years old. While the accused may still live with his parents, he can hardly be considered a juvenile who may still be subject to his parents’ supervision and control. No mitigating weight should be placed on this assertion.”
For possessing obscene films, Lee could have been jailed up to a year and/or fined up to $40,000 on a first conviction.
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