Indian-origin former national serviceman with the Singapore Police Force, AR Arun Prashanth, 25, was recently sentenced to two years’ jail for preying on underage girls online and involving them in sexual acts.
The accused committed sexual acts on three of his five victims who were then aged 12 to 15, and was found to have snapped more than 700 upskirt photos of unknown women with his mobile phone.
In 2016-17, the accused molested two girls aged 12 and 14. On complaint of these girls, the officers arrested Arun at his home the next day and they uncovered 720 upskirt photographs of unknown women on his mobile phone during an investigation.
The accused who is now jobless, pleaded guilty to one count each of sexually penetrating a minor, performing an obscene act on her and procuring the commission of an obscene act by another underage girl. He also admitted to four counts of insulting a woman’s modesty. These seven charges involved two minors and four unknown women. The victims cannot be named due to court’s gag order.
Before handing down the sentence, District Judge Kessler Soh told Arun Prashanth: “I hope you realise that what you had done had caused serious harm to the five young girls”.