Former radio DJ Darryl Koshy, aka Dee Kosh, has been sentenced to eight months in jail today for a slew of sexual offenses including asking minors for sex.
The 33-year-old was found guilty of soliciting sex from four teenage boys between 2017 and 2020.
He pleaded guilty in May to one charge of offering cash to a minor for sexual services, one for the attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and another for secretly making a lewd film with a man between 23 and 25 years old. All of the victims’ identities are protected by a gag order.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Ying Min on Wednesday said Koshy’s offenses were highly premeditated and labeled him a “seasoned criminal skilled at avoiding detection.”
After the accusations blew up in 2020, with several victims’ accounts surfacing online, Koshy was suspended from his DJ job and his previous lawyers said they would no longer represent him. He previously denied all allegations online.
He has since been keeping a low profile until today when Koshy broke his silence by releasing a statement on Instagram apologizing for his offenses.
“I lost everything, my career, loved ones, the trust of my family and so much more,” he wrote.
“Despite what the headlines might suggest, I am extremely sorry for things I’ve done. And now it’s time to pay the price,” he added.
Koshy said there is a lot to clarify but hopes to do it “one day.”
Even though Singapore’s age of sexual consent is 16, it is illegal to pay someone under 18 for sex.
Koshy was arrested in Oct. 2020 after one of his victims made a police report.
Koshy could have received up to five years of jail time and a S$10,000 fine for attempted sexual exploitation of a young person under the Children and Young Persons Act.
For communicating with the purpose of obtaining sexual services of a minor, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined.
As for making an obscene film, he could be jailed for up to two years with a S$40,000 fine.
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