SINGAPORE - Police arrested a 21-year-old man who is believed to have posed as a police officer to commit several cases of outrage of modesty in Pasir Ris.
Several cases of outrage of modesty in Pasir Ris involving female victims aged between 12 and 25 years old were reported since late September this year.
In these cases, the suspect would claim to be a police officer and use different reasons to conduct a check on the victim (e.g. checking for drugs, etc), taking the opportunity to molest them in the process.
The suspect also flashed fake 'police' passes of various colours to substantiate his claim of being a police officer.
In a bid to bring the suspect to justice, officers from Bedok Police Division analysed the crime patterns and conducted numerous stake outs and extensive enquiries. As a preventive measure, residents in Pasir Ris were alerted to the menace and advised on appropriate crime prevention measures. In addition, the Police also issued a crime alert to warn the general public via the media on November 3, 2010 .
Through extensive ground enquiries and follow-up investigations, the officers managed to ascertain the identity of the suspect.
The suspect was arrested at Chua Chu Kang on November 24, 2010.
The suspect will be charged in Court on November 26 for the offence of Outrage of Modesty under Section 354(1) and sexual assault by penetration on a person below 16 years of age under Sec 376A(1)(a) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 20 years and will also be liable to caning.
Commander of Bedok Police Division HQ, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Teo Chun Ching, commended his officers for their resourcefulness and good investigative follow-up which led to the arrest of the suspect.