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Singapore Law Professor Convicted of Sex-for-Grades Graft

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May 28 (Bloomberg) -- National University of Singapore associate professor of law Tey Tsun Hang boosted a student’s grades in exchange for sex and gifts, a judge said in convicting the academic of corruption.

Tey admitted to giving the student favorable grades “because of the gratifications and the sex that he received,” Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye said in handing down his verdict at a Singapore subordinate court today.

Tey, a former district judge, had said he was in a consensual relationship with the student. He argued in court that he was coerced by officers of Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau into confessing that he gave better grades to the student in exchange for sex and gifts, including a S$740 ($585) Montblanc pen.

Tan said that whether or not Tey actually showed favor to the student wasn’t vital to the charges.

“I came to the irresistible conclusion that the accused had the corrupt intention and guilty knowledge in all of the six charges against him,” the judge said.

Tey, 42, plans to appeal the conviction, his lawyer Peter Low said following today’s hearing.

Prosecutors are scheduled to recommend a sentence for Tey tomorrow. The judge can accept the recommendation or impose a sentence independently. Each of the six corruption charges carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a S$100,000 fine.

Tey, married with a 15-year-old daughter, should be given a stiff fine as he has “suffered great mental hardship” since the probe began in April 2012, Low said during the hearing. Tey has also lost his tenured professorship, his permanent resident status in Singapore and probably will be fired from the university, Low said.

The university today said it fired Tey with immediate effect, adding it has found no evidence of any irregularities in its grading system.

The court heard during a 28-day trial that the former student paid for an abortion after becoming pregnant.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Tan in Singapore at atan17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Douglas Wong at dwong19@bloomberg.net

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