A shocking case has unfolded in Singapore as Teo Hong Wei, a 27-year-old man, has confessed to secretly filming and photographing other men while they were showering or using the toilet.
According to report, this unsettling discovery has unearthed over 5,000 compromising photos and more than 70 videos of male victims, with the incidents occurring at a camp for Singapore Armed Forces commandos and a university in Singapore.
Teo has pleaded guilty to five charges of voyeurism, and six additional charges, which include one for possessing obscene material, are also pending consideration during his sentencing.
MORE THAN 5000 PHOTOS
As per the report, Teo’s voyeuristic activities date back to 2020 when he was serving as a full-time national serviceman with a role as a supply assistant. It was in this role that he exploited his access to male toilets to capture unsuspecting victims in compromising situations.
Teo used his mobile phone, cleverly positioning it above the cubicle doors to capture images of his victims in the nude. Some of his actions during this period were particularly egregious.
On April 16, 2020, he captured 248 photos of a man showering at Hendon Camp. Then, on February 14, 2020, he took an astounding 1,683 burst shots of another man who was showering at the same camp.
However, it was a close call with a 24-year-old university student that led to his eventual exposure. The student spotted Teo’s mobile phone camera aimed at him above the cubicle door, prompting him to shout and exit the cubicle.
Unfortunately, Teo managed to escape.
The incident compelled the victim to report the matter to the police on February 2, 2021.
This report eventually led to Teo’s arrest. Surveillance camera footage from the university’s restroom placed Teo near the exit, providing critical evidence.
During the subsequent investigation, law enforcement discovered an extensive collection of 5,365 photos and 72 videos on Teo’s mobile phone. His laptop contained an additional 187 similar photographs and 16 videos.
In his defense, Teo’s lawyer, Joyce Khoo, acknowledged her client’s actions as mistakes for which he is taking full responsibility. She also revealed that Teo had been grappling with a mental condition during the time of these offenses and is actively seeking help for it.
Considering Teo’s mental health condition, his lawyer urged District Judge Carol Ling to commission a report to assess his suitability for a mandatory treatment order.
Under such an order, Teo would undergo psychiatric treatment instead of serving a jail term.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Grace Chua did not oppose the request for a suitability report, and the prosecution is keeping its sentencing options open.
The case has now been adjourned until January 8, 2024, as District Judge Ling awaits the results of the mandatory treatment order suitability report.
Pending the court’s final decision, Teo faces the possibility of a jail term of up to two years, a fine, or caning for the voyeurism charges.
In a statement provided to The Straits Times, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) confirmed that Teo completed his national service in 2021. Mindef’s spokesperson emphasized that the SAF upholds high standards of discipline and integrity and will take legal action against servicepersons who commit offenses.
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