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Jakarta Post

Singaporean man arrested for alleged child molestation in Batam

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Thu, October 12, 2017   /   09:21 pm
Singaporean man arrested for alleged child molestation in Batam The absence of parents or parental figures has made children more susceptible to violent behavior. (Shutterstock/File)

Batam Police have arrested a Singaporean man for allegedly molesting three boys on the island that shares a maritime border with Singapore.

The 46-year-old is suspected of molesting three boys aged 12, 15 and 16 in an art gallery where he teaches and also resides, last month.

Police suspect he used the gallery to lure his alleged victims.  

The arrest was carried out on Sunday after the parents of one of the alleged victims filed a report with the police.

"He also offered the victims money," Batam Police chief Sr. Comr. Hengky told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

If found guilty, the suspect could face up to 15 years in prison and a Rp 5 billion (US$370,233) fine, as stipulated in the Child Protection Law.

"He overstayed his visa and has been living in Batam for more than three years," Hengky added, saying police would communicate with the immigration office soon.

According to the police, the suspect told investigators he also worked in Batam as a freelancer and driver. (hol/ipa)