A 31-year-old Malaysian engineer has pleaded guilty to preying on 31 boys, aged between 11 and 15, over a three-year period, the Singapore’s Straits Times reported on Friday.
Yap Weng Wah was reported to have befriended the boys on Facebook and used a number of different accounts to strike up friendship with them.
Yap pleaded guilty to 12 charges of sexual penetration of a minor, the daily said. He faces another 64 charges of sexual offences.
He managed to persuade 30 boys to have sex with him in his rented apartment, toilet cubicles in shopping centres and swimming complexes, hotel rooms and a public park between November 2009 and June 2012.
He also recorded the sexual encounters on his mobile phone and compiled details, such as each boy’s name, age and year of meeting, in his laptop.
Police found about 2,000 video clips in the laptop, the paper said.
Yap was arrested in 2012 after one of the boys lodged a police report stating he had been sexually penetrated.
But many of the boys continued to meet Yap after their first sexual act because he had become a “friend” or they feared being blackmailed.
The case was adjourned on Friday and his sentence to be decided on a later date. Prosecutors are seeking at least 30 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the rotan.
Yap moved to Singapore in 2009 and he reportedly tearfully addressed the judge, expressing remorse for his deeds and apologising to his victims and their families.