Singapore’s High Court has overturned the conviction of a law professor jailed for obtaining sexual favors and gifts from a female student in exchange for better grades, his lawyer said yesterday.
Former National University of Singapore law professor Tey Tsun Hang, 42, served a five-month sentence last year after he was found guilty by a district court of six charges of corruption over his relationship with his then-student Darinne Ko in 2010.
The district court ruled that he had “exploited” the female student by obtaining sexual favors from her and also receiving gifts that included tailored shirts and a limited-edition pen.
Tey’s lawyer, Peter Low, said that High Court Justice Woo Bih Li “allowed an appeal and overturned the conviction”, five months after he completed his prison sentence.
“The crux of it is that the court found that it takes two hands to clap even though he exploited her and that she was in love with him,” Low said. “I am glad that Professor Tey has been vindicated by a court of law and acquitted of all six corruption charges.”
The university, which last year terminated Tey’s employment following his conviction, said yesterday he could “petition for reinstatement”.
“[Tey] would remain liable for any acts contrary to the NUS Staff Code of Conduct,” the school said in a statement.