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Former River Valley High principal charged in court

Steven Koh Yong Chiah was charged with knowingly giving false information to public servants and to a CPIB investigator over an alleged affair he had with a vendor.

SINGAPORE: Steven Koh Yong Chiah, a former principal of River Valley High School, was charged in court on Thursday (July 17) for knowingly giving false information to public servants and a Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) investigator.

According to court documents, Koh, 59, is alleged to have given false information orally to a Cluster Superintendent of the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Nov 24, 2005. Koh was then the principal of Jurong Junior College. The Cluster Superintendent was tasked to assess an anonymous complaint lodged against Koh alleging misconduct in having an affair with Ms Loke Wai Lin, a director of Education Architects 21, a service provider of Jurong Junior College.

Koh allegedly falsely stated that he was not having an affair with Ms Loke, thereby leading the Cluster Superintendent to submit a report to the Director General of Education stating that there was no misconduct on his part. If found guilty of the charge, Koh could be jailed up to six months or fined up to S$1,000 or both.

Koh is also alleged to have given false information on Dec 18, 2012, to a Chief Special Investigator of the CPIB – who was recording Koh’s statement about his first sexual contact with Ms Loke. Court documents showed Koh falsely stated that "The place where we had our first sexual contact in 2006 was in my Hyundai Trajet car likely in the vicinity of Tanah Merah ferry terminal". If convicted, Koh could be fined up to S$10,000 or jailed up to a year or both.

In Dec 2012, the MOE said it had been informed by the CPIB that Koh, who was then the principal of River Valley High, was assisting in its investigations. Following the investigation, the MOE replaced Koh as the school’s principal, and re-deployed him to the ministry headquarters as Principal (Special Projects).

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lynn Tan told the court that if Koh pleads guilty, the prosecution would proceed with the first charge and take the second charge into consideration. However, Koh has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Koh, who is represented by defence lawyer Derek Kang, will return to court on Aug 26.

He is presently out on S$10,000 police bail and has had his passport impounded.

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