A 41-year-old man was arrested on Friday (27 Oct) outside Singapore Chinese Girls’ School for being a public nuisance, according to the Singapore Police Force.
The man, who has been observed loitering around Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, Raffles Girls’ School and Methodist Girls’ School, allegedly used his phone to secretly record videos of students from the three girl schools in Bukit Timah.
The same man was reportedly arrested last year for harassing female students, as well. He is understood to have stalked a girl near a junior college close by, and recording a video of the student crossing the road. In April 2016. he was also charged with using a pinhole camera to take an upskirt video.
It is believed that the man has been harassing girls for years, after a 23-year-old victim came forward to report that the same man harassed her when she was a student seven years ago.
That victim, who is now a reporter with the Chinese daily, said that the man harassed her when she was a student, under the guise of a survey. She said:
“Even his methods remain unchanged.
“When I heard from my colleague that there was a man arrested for harassing female students, I thought it could be him even without looking at the photos.
“When I saw the photos, I recognised him right away. I never expected him to resume his activities after getting arrested last year. I can still remember the weird way he would stare at you.”
Parents of students in the three schools were reportedly warned about this suspicious figure through various chat groups.
On the day of the arrest, one mother- Ms Xiao – recounted to the Chinese daily that she had seen the man walking around near the school, with a phone in his hand. She said that she, like other parents of students from the three schools, observed the man behaving suspiciously:
“At about 7.20am, I saw him going through the gates to enter the school. Later I was notified by my chat group that he was arrested.”
Another parent of a student at Raffles Girls’ School, 43-year-old Ms Yang, added that she too was worried when she first heard about the man:
“Fortunately, he has been arrested, but I will still remind my daughter to be careful.”
Police investigations are ongoing.