A scandal-stricken former radio personality pleaded guilty today to offering cash to a minor in exchange for sex, attempted sexual exploitation, and making a lewd film.
The court said Dee Kosh, whose real name is Darryl Ian Koshy, owned up to offenses between 2017 and 2020 in which the 33-year-old former radio DJ and YouTuber offered up to $2,000 to a 16- and a 15-year-old in exchange for oral sex, and secretly filmed himself having sex with an unidentified man between 23- and 25-years-old.
He was slapped with seven charges last August, all of which he had been denying, publicly. There are four other alleged offenses pending before the court.
Even though Singapore’s age of sexual consent is 16, it is illegal to pay someone under 18 for sex.
Koshy was represented by Johannes Hadi of Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, which had notified the court in January that their client intended to plead guilty to the charges.
After the accusations blew up in 2020, he was suspended from his DJ job and dropped by partners.
He has since been keeping it low-key online and claimed in March that he was “banned for life” from streaming on Twitch without reasoning.
Altogether, Koshy faces years behind bars.
The court could sentence him to up to two years in jail and a fine for offering cash to a minor for sexual services.
Violations of the Children and Young Persons Act by sexually exploiting minors are punishable by up to five years behind bars and a fine of S$10,000.
An obscene filmmaking conviction could 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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