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Singaporean Amos Yee jailed in the US for grooming 14-year-old girl, possessing child porn


SINGAPORE: Singaporean Amos Yee was sentenced to 6 years’ jail by a United States courtroom after he pleaded responsible to grooming a 14-year-old lady online and asking her for bare photos of herself.

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Yee, 23, pleaded responsible early Friday (Dec 3) morning, Singapore time, to fees of grooming and possessing child pornography.

The courtroom in Illinois heard that Yee befriended the sufferer, a 14-year-old lady, in February 2019 when he was residing in Cook County. He was 20 years previous at the time.

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Yee met the sufferer online and so they started an “online courtship”, throughout which Yee “repeatedly requested” her to ship him bare images of herself, the courtroom was informed.

On a number of events, he requested her to have interaction in role-play, the particular prosecutor stated. Yee did this regardless of the sufferer informing him that she was 14 years previous at the time of the offences.

This went on till July 2019, the courtroom heard.

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“You used the Internet, specifically WhatsApp … to seduce, solicit and lure (the victim) and then you distributed photographs of (her) on a site,” Judge Carol Howard stated.

The courtroom heard beforehand that Yee was arrested by US Marshals in October 2020 at his residence in Chicago’s Norwood Park East neighbourhood.

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Yee has been on remand in the US since his arrest and was charged final 12 months.

He appeared in courtroom on Friday by way of video {link} and spoke solely to waive his proper to a jury trial and to plead responsible to the fees, after agreeing to a plea take care of the prosecution.


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