It took an episode of Crime Watch for this little girl to realise that she had been harmed. What had happened?
She was 7 then, and a student at an Orchard Road enrichment centre. During lessons, her teacher would sit next to her and, from beneath the table where no one could see, slip his hand under her clothes. This happened on many occasions.
She was nervous and scared but dared not tell anyone lest her teacher scold her.
Little girl’s trauma
Every Sunday, from 2:30-4:00 pm, she would attend classes at an Orchard Road enrichment centre, conducted by Ian Lewis, a reading specialist teacher.
Each class had about four to six students and yet, Lewis, a British man, was able to get his way with the girl.
It took an episode of Crime Watch (which had a tutor behaving indecently with a student) for the girl to realise that she had been harmed. She confided in her mum.
Teacher jailed in Singapore
According to The Straits Times, the victim’s mum lodged a police report on July 12, 2015, only to realise that Lewis had already been suspended following a similar complaint from another parent.
For taking advantage of the trust placed in him and for molesting two female pupils aged seven and eight, Lewis, 66, was sentenced to 18 months and six weeks in jail. He was spared the cane on account of his age.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling said, “Bent solely on satisfying his selfish lust, the accused took the calculated risk that the victim, due to her vulnerability and naivety, will not report him. He abused his position, and breached the trust and authority bestowed on him as her teacher.”
District Judge Eddy Tham also opined, “In exploiting such a young minor of only seven years old while she had been entrusted to the accused by her parents for the purpose of education, (this) would warrant the sternest of (reprobation) from the court.”
The sad reality is that children are most at risk to be sexually abused by someone they know and trust.
How can we prevent this from happening?