Man, 48, arrested for allegedly molesting 17-year-old girl on public bus

A 48-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a teenager on a public bus.

The police said in a statement on Friday (Sep 4) that they received a report on Aug 28 at about 10.10pm that a 17-year-old female teenager had been molested by a man while on board a bus along Toa Payoh Lorong 2.

Officers from Tanglin Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on Sep 4.

Those found guilty of outrage of modesty face up to two years' jail, or a fine, or caning, or any combination of these punishments.

The police advise members of the public to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  • Be alert and attentive to your surroundings, especially when you are in a crowded and confined space (i.e. in public entertainment nightspots, in lifts, MRT, buses etc.) or alone with a stranger that moves very near to you;

  • If someone is following you, head to a crowded area; if someone moves uncomfortably close to you (e.g. someone deliberately stands or sits close to you in a bus or MRT), move away if possible;

  • Avoid going out at night alone. If you have to, go out in a group or get someone (parent, close friend) to accompany you;

  • Avoid letting your young children wander around alone, teach them to be wary and move away from strangers who try to get close to or touch them; and

  • Consider investing in a shrill alarm for you and your loved ones as they can come in handy to sound for help during emergencies.