4 more charged in online sex ring case
by Ansley Ng
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<cite style="display: block; font-style: normal; font-size: 10px; margin-top: 4px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 4px; margin-left: 0px; ">Shaw (left) and Chua were charged in court on Wednesday with two others for paying a minor for sex</cite>
Former Singapore Environment Council head Howard Shaw has been charged with paying an underage girl for sex.
He was one of four men who turned up at the Subordinate Courts today to face charges.
Shaw allegedly paid the girl $500 for sex on 30 October 2010 at Hotel 81 Bencoolen.
The others who were charged are business consultant Edward Whistler Goh, ex-UBS banker Buergin Juerg, and former Jurong Junior College teacher Chua Ren Cheng.
Juerg and Chua, who was also a grassroots leader, face two charges each.
They join 44 other men who were charged on Monday for paying a minor for sex after choosing her from an internet vice website.
The offence carries a maximum jail term of seven years or a fine, or both.
Friends of Shaw expressed disbelief with his indictment.
One woman, a business associate who has known him for a few years said Shaw, who is the grandson of Shaw Organisation founder Runme Shaw, is a “good man and one of the best environmentalist here”.
Shaw’s profile is still on the website of the HALCYON Agri Corporation, where he is the senior vice president for corporate social responsibility for the rubber-producing company.
The woman said Shaw got married five months ago to a former beauty queen. She was one of the winners of the Miss Earth Singapore pageant in 2006. Shaw was one of the judges.
The couple even appeared on the cover of the February edition of Singapore Tatler magazine. The magazine touted the Shaws as one of four “society couples who share their stories of enduring love”.
“If he had done it, it must have been before he got married,” the associate said.
Shaw has two children from a previous marriage.