National University of Singapore law professor Tey Tsun Hang has been convicted of six charges of corrupt intention and guilty knowledge in a Singapore court by Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye, reports BLOOMBERG. The defendant had what he describes as consensual sex with a student. He denies that he reciprocated with favorable grades. He will appeal the conviction. Each charge could bring five years in jail. Meanwhile, this former district judge lost his job at the University.
There was a time when sexual relations with students was considered a perk of being a professor or even a teaching fellow at an institution of higher learning. Some students viewed that as a fun rite of passage. Then the laws across the world changed. Students became off-limits. The relationship was perceived as an abuse of power. As time passed, most wise professors took measures, such as keeping their doors open during student conferences, to prevent any perception of misdoing.
It's amazing that in this era a professor would even indulge himself - or herself - with a romance with a student. Too much is at stake.