Singapore Law Professor in Sex-for-Grades Corruption Case

National University of Singapore associate professor of law Tey Tsun Hang was charged with corruption for allegedly trading better grades for sex with a female student.

The student gave Tey, 41, a Mont Blanc pen, two tailored shirts, an Apple Inc. iPod Touch and had sex with him twice, according to a charge sheet filed today at the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. Tey, who was suspended by the university, said he would contest the charges.

His prosecution follows the filing of corruption charges last month against the former director of the country’s drug agency and Singapore’s former Civil Defence Force chief, for allegedly accepting sexual favors from female executives seeking agency contracts. At a separate hearing today, three men were charged with having sex with an underage prostitute, bringing the number of men accused in that case to 51.

Tey, who didn’t enter a plea in court today, told reporters after the hearing that he would defend himself against the charges “fearlessly and vigorously.”

“I am known to speak up, amongst other things on the Singapore legal system,” he said. His writings are in good faith with no ill intent and his defense will be in a similar vein, Tey said, declining to comment further on this subject.

Academic Writing

Tey has published several books on trusts, according to his profile on the National University of Singapore web site. He also authored “Legal Consensus: Supreme Executive, Supine Jurisprudence, Suppliant Profession of Singapore” that was published in September by the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law.

“There is no link between these charges and Mr. Tey’s academic publications and writing,” the Attorney General’s Chambers said in an e-mailed statement in response to queries.

Singapore ranks 20th out of 142 countries in judicial independence, according to the World Economic Forum’s report on global competitiveness.

The National University of Singapore said in a statement today that it’s investigating Tey.

Tey faces a maximum fine of S$100,000 ($79,888) and a jail term of as long as five years for each of the six corruption charges if convicted.

The case is Prosecutor v. Tey Hsun Hang. DAC027011/2012. The Subordinate Courts of Singapore.

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