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Former radio DJ Dee Kosh to plead guilty to sexual offences

Former radio DJ Dee Kosh to plead guilty to sexual offences

Former radio DJ Dee Kosh is seen leaving State Courts on Aug 19, 2021. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)

SINGAPORE: Former radio disc jockey Dee Kosh intends to plead guilty to the sexual offences he has been charged with, a court heard on Tuesday (Jan 25).

Lawyers from Eugene Thuraisingam's firm informed the court of the intention of their client, 33-year-old Darryl Ian Koshy, to plead guilty. He was given a date to do so, on Mar 10.

Kosh was given seven charges in August last year for offences including communicating with a minor for the purpose of obtaining sexual services, attempted sexual exploitation of a young person, making an obscene film and possessing an obscene film.

He is accused of offering a 16-year-old boy up to S$2,000 in February 2017 and offering up to S$1,000 to a 17-year-old boy in July 2018 so he could perform sex acts on them.

Kosh is also accused of attempting to procure an indecent act by a 15-year-old boy between March 2018 and June 2018 by asking the boy to perform sex acts on him.

Kosh rose to fame as a YouTuber and later became a presenter on radio station Power 98. He was placed on no-pay leave pending the investigations and later suspended after he was charged.

In August 2020, he allegedly offered another 17-year-old boy S$1,000 for the teen to perform oral sex on him.

If convicted under the Children and Young Persons Act of attempted sexual exploitation of a young person, he could be jailed for up to five years, fined up to S$10,000, or both.

If found guilty of communications for the purpose of obtaining sexual services of a minor, he could be jailed for up to two years and fined.

The penalties for making an obscene film are a jail term of up to two years and a fine of between S$20,000 and S$40,000. The punishment for possessing obscene films are a maximum of six months' jail, a fine of up to S$20,000, or both.

Editor's note: This article was updated to correct information about the charges that Dee Kosh faces. He has been charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a young person.

Source: CNA/ll(mi)