Pastor and girl, 15, have sex in church

SINGAPORE - The assistant pastor groomed the 15-year-old girl for sex with explicit e-mail.

Eventually he got his way when he made the girl perform oral sex on him at a public park.

He continued his explicit correspondence with her. Then, in a shocking show of audacity, he made the underage girl perform oral sex on him in the church.

On Friday, the former assistant pastor was jailed 16 months for two charges of underage sex. A third charge of an obscene act with a young person was taken into consideration.

It started innocently enough. The girl's mother took her to the church in 2010 and she joined its youth group, where she met the 44-year-old assistant pastor when he led the youth group from early 2011.

The court heard that, as leader of the youth group, the married father of three organised programmes and activities for its members.

Up till June 2011, the girl would meet him during the youth group meetings in church. Outside of church activities, they had no further contact.

In September 2011, the man organised an overseas mission trip to Myanmar, which the girl and her mother were part of.

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