Former radio DJ and YouTube personality Dee Kosh has been charged in court today (August 19) with seven offences, including soliciting sexual services from a minor, sexual exploitation of a young person, as well as making and possessing an obscene film.
The arrest and charges
In August 2020, the Singapore Police Force received several reports against Dee Kosh, who allegedly offered money in exchange for sexual services to victims below the age of 18 years old.
The alleged incidents happened between 2017 and 2020.
When the police arrested him, he was found to be in possession of several obscene videos, including some involving his sexual acts with others, which he had surreptitiously taken.
Court documents seen by Mothership painted a fuller picture of Dee Kosh's alleged offences.
Between March and June 2018, Dee Kosh allegedly asked a 15-year-old person to masturbate him or perform oral sex in exchange for money.
In February 2017, Dee Kosh allegedly offered a 16-year-old male S$2,000 so that he could perform oral sex on the teen.
On July 2018, he allegedly offered a 17-year-old male S$1,000, and asked the teen to perform oral sex on him. He allegedly did the same thing in August 2020 with a different 17-year-old male.
Dee Kosh was also found to have 23 obscene video files in his possession. He allegedly made two obscene films between 2016 and 2017. The contents of the films are not known.
The scandal broke in August last year, after an Instagram user came forward with allegations that Dee Kosh had asked for nudes and sexual favours, under the guise of recruiting him as a YouTube talent.
At least four more youths corroborated the first person's allegation with similar accounts.
Dee Kosh subsequently denied having sexual relations with minors, but admitted that there is "truth" to some of the allegations.
The YouTuber laid low for more than half a year while police investigations were ongoing, but in recent months made a comeback on streaming platform Twitch and promoting products on Instagram.
He also lashed out at social media users who criticised him.
Those found guilty of sexual exploitation of a young person are liable to a jail term of up to five years, a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.
Communicating with a minor to obtain sexual services carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine.
Making an obscene film also carries a jail term of up to two years, and a fine of S$20,000 to S$40,000.
Possessing an obscene film carries a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to S$20,000, or both.
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