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Child-porn owning student an MOE scholar

Postby ManU123 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:00 am

Child-porn owning student an MOE scholar
By Ng Jing Yng | Posted: 19 November 2010 0906 hrs


SINGAPORE: Child pornography videos, some featuring girls as young as six and some lasting longer than an hour, were found in the possession of a Ministry of Education (MOE) scholar studying in Britain.

Singaporean Jonathan Wong, a third-year history major at the University of York, pleaded guilty on Monday to 17 charges of owning child pornography videos since July 2008.

Twenty-three-year-old Wong could be facing more than a year in jail after the magistrate's court in York decided that its maximum sentencing power of 12 months in prison was insufficient and committed him instead to the York Crown Court where he will be sentenced on Dec 13, the city's The Press newspaper reported.

In reply to media queries, the ministry said it was looking into the matter and added it "will take the necessary disciplinary action against those (scholars) who have behaved inappropriately".

The Press said Wong's offences came to light after fellow students alerted the campus authorities about suspicious audio files being uploaded onto the university's intranet.

After tracing the files to Wong, the police confiscated his computer hard disk drive and found 50 videos - 25 of which were rated as "four" on the Copine scale.

On this scale used to rate the severity of child pornography, levels "four" and "five" constitute hardcore pornography.

The North Yorkshire police told MediaCorp on Thursday that Wong was arrested on March 19, adding that he did not produce the videos but downloaded some of them from the Internet.

According to The Press, UK prosecutor Martin Butterworth told the court: "We are talking about girls as young as six. Of the movies, some of them are graphic, some of them have audio, some of them last more than an hour."

Since the case surfaced in the local Chinese media and online, Singaporeans and those acquainted with Wong have berated him and expressed shock over his actions.

A Singaporean student at University of York, however, painted a different picture of him. Describing Wong as a "big brother", he told MediaCorp: "Jonathan is a nice, generous and helpful person ... He gave me medicine when I was sick and he cooked us meals."

The 22-year-old, who said he has known Wong for over a year, added: "He does not like loud parties but prefers a quiet peaceful dinner with friends ... I am disgusted by what he has done but I feel sorry for him too as a friend."

A spokesman for the University of York declined comment, saying it would respond to MediaCorp's queries only after court proceedings have been concluded. With additional reporting by Saifulbahri Ismail.

-TODAY/wk

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Postby ManU123 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:01 am

Student pleads guilty to child pornography charges
Posted: 18 November 2010 2132 hrs



SINGAPORE: A student, believed to be Singaporean, has pleaded guilty to 17 charges of owning child pornography videos since July 2008.

Yorkshire newspaper, The Press, reported on Tuesday that all the charges related to the files found on the computer of University of York student, Jonathan Wong, 23.

He could be jailed when he is sentenced on Dec 13.

The Press reported that Wong, who lives on the Heslington campus, had built up his secret hoard of lengthy and "graphic" movies featuring girls as young as six over more than a year.

The case came to light after fellow students became suspicious about audio files on the university's internal network, and alerted campus authorities, who traced the files to Wong.

Police were then informed and uncovered pornographic images of children on his computer, York magistrates heard yesterday.

Officers raided Wong's home and took away his laptop and computer hard drive.

When police computer experts examined the hard drive, they found 50 videos, all of which featured child pornography.

Of the films, 25 were rated as four on the Copine scale, which is used to decide the severity of child pornography.

The top two categories, levels four and five, are used for hardcore pornography.

Magistrates decided their maximum sentencing power of 12 months in prison was insufficient, and committed him instead to York Crown Court where he will be sentenced next month.

A University of York spokesman declined to comment until after the December court date.

-CNA/ac/wk

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Postby ManU123 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:04 am

(新加坡18日訊)在英國留學的新加坡大學生,被控製作和擁有50個兒童色情錄像,他認罪,相信極可能會坐牢。

據英國媒體報導,被告是23歲的獅城大學生Jonathan Wong,在英國約克大學就讀歷史系第三年,寄宿校園宿舍。



在當地時間,星期一(15日)的法庭審案中,當地警方透露,色情錄像中的女童,最小的只有6歲,控方形容被告的罪行“相當嚴重”,因此要求將案件從初庭轉到可判坐監超過12個月的法庭處理,結果獲準。

17控狀認罪下月下判

被告已對17項控狀認罪,法官將在下個月13日下判。

據報導,有學生在使用大學內部的電腦網絡時,無意中發現了充滿淫聲浪語的猥褻錄音,覺得事有蹊蹺,於是通知校方。校方調查後,追查到源頭來自Jonathan Wong。

警方過後前往這名學生的宿舍搜查,把他的膝上型電腦和電腦硬盤帶回警局徹查,結果在他的電腦找到了50個兒童色情錄像。

英國約克大學的內部網絡,只有已登記且有密碼的使用者能登陸,與校方供公眾使用的官方網站有別。

被告出身名校,有網民甚至爆料,指他是教育部的獎學金得主。

新加坡《聯合晚報》向教育部查詢,但至截稿時間,教育部還無法對此做出答覆。

據報導,被告畢業自南洋小學,過後進入華僑中學和華中初級學院,學業成績一向優異,所念的學校都是新加坡的著名學府。

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Postby ManU123 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:11 am

Quintessential Mum wrote:They mentioned that he was publicly caned for peeping at staff and students in HCI. At that time, they should have send him for some counselling etc. It is quite amazing that he got a teaching scholarship. Who writes the testimonials? Luckily he was caught before he started teaching children/teenagers as they may have been his unlucky targets! :x


howcome scholarship interviewers dunno anything? just based on results and ccas?

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Postby ManU123 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:55 am

vicki wrote:Maybe Hwa Chong didnt black marked him so it wasnt in his record?! So thats why MOE didnt know....


i think schools should not do this for the sake of protecting their school reputation
at least acsi came out in the open about the principal case

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Postby ManU123 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:59 pm

i wonder which sec school he was teaching :?

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