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Man To Be Charged For Offences Under The Penal Code And Criminal Procedure Code In Relation To Electronic Transmission Of Obscene Materials

The Police arrested a 22-year-old man on 29 December 2021 for offences under the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code in relation to the electronic transmission of obscene materials on an online platform - ‘OnlyFans’.

On 4 September 2021, the Police received a report informing that the man had allegedly transmitted, by electronic means, obscene materials in the form of images and videos of his private parts via his ‘OnlyFans’ account. On 11 October 2021, the Police seized the account and served the man an order under Section 39(1)(d)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Code not to access the account. The man was warned at the time when the order was served, that a breach of the order would amount to a criminal offence. Despite that, the man allegedly wrote in to the ‘OnlyFans’ administrators, claiming that his account was not secured, and a password reset was done. The man subsequently regained access to the account and allegedly continued to electronically transmit more obscene materials using the account and another secondary account.

For allegedly failing to comply with an order under Section 39(1)(d)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Code not to access his ‘OnlyFans’ account, the man will be charged with an offence under Section 39(3)(b) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which carries a fine not exceeding $5,000, an imprisonment term not exceeding six months, or both.

For allegedly transmitting obscene material electronically via the two ‘OnlyFans’ accounts, the man will be charged with two offences under Section 292(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment term of up to three months, a fine, or both.

The man will be charged in court on 30 December 2021.

On 1 November 2021, the man was served a fresh order under Section 39(1)(d)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Code not to access both ‘OnlyFans’ accounts. The Police are presently conducting further investigations into possible fresh offences, including a further breach of the order which was served on 1 November 2021.

The Police would like to remind the public that it is illegal under the Penal Code to transmit any obscene materials by electronic means. It is also against the law to take part in or receive profits from any business where obscene materials are transmitted by electronic means or advertise the sale of obscene materials. Members of the public may wish to lodge a police report if they are aware of persons engaging in such activities.

 


PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
29 December 2021 @ 2:50 PM
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