Singapore— Another chat group on the message app Telegram has been discovered distributing pornographic material, and four men were arrested by officers from the Tanglin Police Division on Wednesday, November 6, in connection with this group, which bears the name “Sam’s lots of CB collection.”
The Singapore Police Force was first notified concerning the group and its illicit activities on October 24, and announced the arrest of the four men on Friday, November 8. The men are between the ages of 26 and 45.
According to initial investigations from the police, three of the men acted as the administrators of “Sam’s lots of CB collection,” and the fourth man was discovered to have advertised in the chat that pornographic material was on sale, The Straits Times (ST) reports.
The police were able to take into their possession over 15 electronic devices in connection with the arrest of the four men, which included cellular phones, hard drives, laptops and a central processing unit (CPU).
According to the police statement, “Members of the public are advised to stop soliciting in any lewd website or joining such online platforms and illicit chat groups.
The police takes a serious view of anyone involved in criminal activities and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those breaking the law.”
Investigations on the case are continuing. Individuals who are convicted of the circulation of obscene materials may receive a jails sentence of up to three months, be made to pay a fine, or both.
Obscene Telegram chat groups came to public attention last month when police arrested four men for their involvement in a Telegram chat group called SG Nasi Lemak.
As early as March of this year, police had already begun to receive reports against SG Nasi Lemak for allegedly sharing pornographic material through Telegram.
Police officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division determined the identities of the men arrested via investigations they carried out over the past few months. These men were arrested on October 14, in different parts of the country, and appeared in court via video link the following day, where the charges were brought against them.
Charged in court were 17-year-old Abdillah Sabaruddin; 19-year-old Justin Lee Han Shi; 26-year-old Leonard Teo Min Xuan, and 37-year-old Liong Tianwei.
The investigations of the police showed that Leonard Teo Min Xuan and Liong Tianwei are the administrators of the Telegram group, while the two teenage men are distributors of the obscene material. Police officers seized over 10 electronic devices, including a central processing unit, a laptop, a harddisk, and several mobile phones, as case exhibits.
The four men were initially charged with conspiracy to commit distributions of obscene materials, under Section 292(a) read with Section 109 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, and other charges have been added since their arrest.
Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao showed screenshots that the group had 44,000 members when it was still active, although by then it could no longer be accessed. Members allegedly had to pay a S$30 entry fee to become part of the group.
Shortly after the news about the SG Nasi Lemak group became public, another allegedly obscene chat group on Telegram called Sharing is Caring was discovered. -/TISG