NTU scientist accused of soliciting minors for sex

A SCIENTIST from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was hauled to a Singapore district court after he allegedly sent a message to a foreign mobile phone number telling the recipient to offer 12-year-old girls four million rupiah (RM1,166) to have sex with him.

According to court documents, Jason Scott Herrin, 47, is said to have sent a message to another foreign mobile phone number on a separate occasion telling the recipient to find a “kid” for him for a “high price, with the intention of procuring sexual services from the said kid”.Yesterday, Herrin was handed four charges, including two linked to commercial sex with minors.

The American is accused of sending one message on Nov 14, 2019, and the second one on Feb 18, 2020.

Separately, he was accused of possessing 31 obscene films in a condominium unit here on Aug 17, 2020.He is also alleged to possess 90 photographs showing child abuse at the same unit that day.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, NTU said Herrin had been suspended and barred from the campus pending the outcome of the court proceedings.

Herrin was offered bail of S$20,000 (RM62,600) yesterday and his case was adjourned to Feb 22.

For each count of communicating with another person to try to obtain the sexual services of a person below 18, an offender can be jailed for up to two years and fined.

For possessing obscene films, a first-time offender can be jailed for up to a year and fined S$1,000 (RM3,110) for each film, up to S$40,000 (RM124,400). — The Straits Times/ANN

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