A National University of Singapore associate professor faces corruption charges after he allegedly gave a former student high marks in exchange for sex.
Tey Tsun Hang, the director of the school's Center for Commercial Law Studies, was suspended by NUS pending his court case's results, according to TODAYonline, a media outlet covering news in Singapore and Asia-Pacific. The school launched an investigation into the claims after the Attorney General's office chose to press charges.
Darinne Ko Wen Hui, a former student of Tey's, allegedly slept with him twice between May and July of 2010 in exchange for grade boosts.
Ko also gave Tey an iPod Touch, an expensive Mont Blanc pen and two tailored shirts.
"The charges and allegations against me are very serious. At stake is my liberty, integrity and livelihood. My reputation has been tarnished and my family suffers as a result," Tey said to press members on Friday. "I am known to speak up amongst other things, on the Singapore legal system. I write in good faith and with no ill-intent. In similar vein, I shall fearlessly defend myself against the charges, and vigorously."
Ko denied any wrongdoing through her lawyers.
"The Temasek Times," a political blog covering Singapore, reported that rumors of Ko and Tey's alleged relations may have been spread by a friend of the law student's. However, the blog alleges it received this information from an anonymous source claiming to know Ko well.
The blog also reports that 41-year-old Tey is married and has a teenage daughter.
AsiaOne reported today that Ko, 23, is believed to have interned for one of her lawyers, Subhas Anandan. However, Anandan was not reached by the paper to confirm this, and AsiaOne's report is based on information from an anonymous lawyer claiming to work with Anandan.