Cello tutor denies charge of indecent assault
The music teacher told the court he only helped the student get the right posture to play the cello and did not molest her
A Filipino cello tutor has been charged with five counts of indecent assault in Singapore after his alleged victim, an 18-year-old, reportedly cut her wrists and had to seek counseling after the incident.
The defendant, 33, allegedly molested the student inside a classroom at a private musical school in June and July 2016. If found guilty, he faces a maximum of two years in jail as well as fine and three strokes of the cane, Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao reported.
The former student appeared in court on Monday morning as said she was so panicked after the alleged assault and that she hid in the school’s reception room until the class was almost over. When she returned to get her bags, she claimed the teacher attempted to molest her again.
She eventually told her mother what had happened and they contacted police. In the court, she told Deputy Public Prosecutor Marshall Lim she had to take showers numerous times afterwards because “the feeling of touch stays there.” She said the memory still haunted her two years later and she had tried to harm herself.
The defendant denied any wrongdoing, insisting he had merely helped her adjust to the right posture when playing her cello. The case was adjourned for a pre-trial conference to be held on July 3.