SINGAPORE — Local deejay and YouTuber Dee Kosh is expected to plead guilty over sexual offences involving male teenagers.
The court heard on Tuesday (25 January) that Dee Kosh, whose real name is Darryl Ian Koshy, will plead guilty on 10 March. He was charged on 19 August last year.
The 33-year-old Singaporean faces a total of seven charges – one under the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) for sexual exploitation of a child or a young person; one for possessing obscene films; two for making obscene films; and the rest for commercial sex with a minor under the age of 18.
He is said to have attempted to ask a 15-year-old male to perform sexual acts on him in exchange for money, between March and June 2018.
He is also accused of offering $1,000 to a 17-year-old male teenager in July 2018 for the purpose of obtaining a sexual service, and of offering the same amount to another 17-year-old in August 2020 for sexual services.
He also allegedly offered a 16-year-old male $2,000 to perform a sexual service on him, in February 2017.
Koshy was also said to have had 23 obscene films in his possession on 5 October last year at a flat in Woodlands. He allegedly made two obscene films, named “00001” and “00007”, between 2016 and 2017 at the same flat.
Sexual harassment allegations on Instagram and Twitter
Koshy is a former radio host with local radio station Power 98. Multiple police reports were filed against him following a series of sexual harassment allegations on Instagram and Twitter in August 2020.
The police said that Koshy – who has about 176,000 followers in Instagram and 362,000 subscribers on YouTube – had allegedly offered money in exchange for sexual services to victims below the age of 18 years old between 2017 and 2020.
If convicted of sexual exploitation of a young person under the CYPA, he may face a fine not exceeding $10,000, imprisonment for a term of up to five years, or both.
If found guilty for communicating for the purpose of obtaining for consideration sexual services of a minor under 18 years of age, he may face imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, a fine, or both.
Under the Films Act in force at the time of the alleged offences, he, if found guilty for making an obscene film, may face a fine of not less than $20,000 but not more than $40,000, imprisonment for a term of up to two years, or both.
If found guilty for having in his possession any obscene film, he may face a fine of up to $20,000, imprisonment for a term of up to six months or both.
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