Relief teacher took student's virginity, promised her marriage

SINGAPORE - He asked her to be his girlfriend, had sex with her and promised to marry her.

But she was only 13 years old then.

And he was her relief teacher, 14 years older than her.

Last Monday, Ross Ryan Kristiaensen, now 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of having sex with his underage student.

Two other similar charges will be taken into consideration during sentencing on April 3.

A district court heard that the two became close after a salad-making competition at the end of July 2009.

Kristiaensen, who taught home economics, was the teacher in charge of preparing students for the competition organised by a local community centre.

A day before the competition, he asked her out for lunch and they later went shopping for items for the competition.

After that, they started exchanging text messages and calling each other daily.

She treated him as an older brother with whom she shared her problems.

He also treated her as a younger sister and asked her out for meals.

About four months later, they met for breakfast, after which he invited her back to his flat at Commonwealth Avenue.

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