FIRST, his 9-year-old student spoke to him about sex and his curiosity about men's private parts.
Days later, the boy followed him into a toilet. The 37-year-old tutor allowed the boy to perform oral sex on him.
Yesterday, the tutor appeared in the High Court for a hearing to assess his mental state.
He had pleaded guilty in April to two charges of sexually penetrating a minor. Three other similar charges will be considered when he is sentenced in October.
The man cannot be named because of a court order to protect the boy's identity.
The boy performed oral sex on his tutor five times, from February to May last year.
The court heard that the man began giving tuition to the boy in July 2007.
The lessons took place twice weekly at the boy's bedroom in his grandparents' house.
In early Febuary last year, the boy started talking to his tutor about sex during one of his lessons.
The boy, who is now in Primary Four, said he was curious about the male organ.
Later that month, he performed oral sex on his tutor in the toilet after following him there.
Two months later, the tutor went to the toilet and was about to lock the door when the boy pushed it open and entered.
The boy watched his tutor urinate, then performed oral sex on him. They continued with the lesson after that.
The tutor told the boy not to tell anyone about what they had done.
On another occasion in May last year, the man went to the toilet but left the door unlocked on purpose because he was sexually aroused.
The boy later entered and performed oral sex on him.
Before the tutor left for a holiday in Australia on 26 May last year, he told the boy's grandmother that he would return in July.
The next day, the boy's mother saw him playing with his dolphin.
When she questioned him, he told her that he had done the same for his tutor. She informed her husband, who made a police report on 29 May.
The tutor was arrested at Changi Airport when he returned on 16 Jun.
The tutor's psychiatrist, Dr Ken Ung, from the Adam Road Medical Centre, diagnosed him as suffering from dysthymia and alcohol dependence.
Dysthymia is a type of chronic low-grade depression.
But the state psychiatrist, Dr Michael Yong Kian Hui, from the Institute of Mental Health, felt the tutor was not of unsound mind at the time of the offences and was aware that what he did was wrong.
Yesterday, the court heard that the tutor had been bullied as a child and during his National Service (NS).
His lawyer, Mr Denis Tan, quoted from Dr Ung's medical report about an incident in which the tutor's NS mates had covered his head and beat him up.
He retaliated by chasing after his attackers with a parang.
When he heard this, the tutor, who was sitting in the dock, took off his black-framed glasses and began wiping away his tears with both hands.
His aged parents watched him from the public gallery as he cried silently.
Mr Tan told the court that the matter was eventually resolved after his superiors made his attackers apologise to him.
The tutor is single and lives with his parents.
He told Dr Ung that he had two previous relationships with women but considered himself a bisexual. He had also visited prostitutes in Batam and Bintan.
Dr Ung also said the tutor suffered from alcohol dependence. He would drink up to four times a week, each time downing about 10 to 14 glasses of beer and hard liquor.
But Dr Yong said the tutor does not suffer from alcohol dependence. He examined the man after his arrest and was told that he drank only on weekends.
Dr Yong's report stated that the tutor had no history of sexual abuse. The tutor also told Dr Yong that he's not sociable and has few friends.
The case has been adjourned for the prosecution and the defence to prepare their submissions.
For sexually penetrating a minor, the tutor can be jailed up to 20 years and caned on each charge.
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Boy, 9, performed oral sex on tuition teacher 5 times
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