Defense attorneys from Eugene Thuraisingam LLP told the court today that the 33-year-old personality and YouTuber, whose real name is Darryl Ian Koshy, intends to enter guilty pleas in court on March 10.
Among the seven charges filed against Koshy in August was sexually exploiting a youth, communicating with a minor to obtain sexual services, and making as well as possessing a lewd film.
He is accused of offering S$1,000 to two 17-year-olds in 2018 and 2020, and S$2,000 to a 16-year-old boy in 2017 in exchange for sexual favors. He is also accused of attempting the same with a 15-year-old boy in 2018.
Even though Singapore’s age of sexual consent is 16, it is illegal to pay someone under 18 for sex.
After being called out by at least five accusers, Koshy was dropped by production house Night Owl Cinematics, abandoned by the talents at his agency, and suspended from his part-time job at radio station Power 98.
Koshy has since kept it low profile by streaming on Twitch, where his page was unavailable Tuesday, after initially denying that he had solicited minors. He has not responded to any of Coconuts queries since the events first unfolded in late 2020.
If found guilty under the Children and Young Persons Act for sexual exploitation of a young person, Koshy could be jailed for up to five years and fined S$10,000.
If found guilty of communications for the purpose of obtaining sexual services of a minor, he faces two years in jail and a fine.
An obscene filmmaking conviction would add up to two years and a S$40,000 fine, with another six months and S$20,000 for possession.
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