A prominent Melbourne landscape architect who worked on big projects for the State Government, Melbourne Uni and several councils including Port Phillip has been exposed as a vile paedophile who groomed an 11-year-old schoolgirl via Snapchat.
SEPTEMBER 3 2020 – 12:07PM
Vic architect, Snapchat pedophile jailed
A Victorian pedophile who left an American child traumatised after grooming her by “play-acting” on social media has been jailed.
Tech Ooi, 32, spent a month engaging in sexually explicit conversations with the girl, aged 11 to 12, in the United States via Snapchat.
The landscape architect, who admitted in court he had never had an intimate dating relationship and was obsessed with pornography, sent images of his penis to the child, as well as asking her to masturbate.
During a single, 90-minute exchange in December 2018, the pair exchanged 52 messages.
The girl, unaware that the person on the other end of the social media app was an adult, later cut herself, leaving scars for life, while her parents decided to move states for a “fresh start”.
“A grown man has seen things I believe no one should ever see of a little girl,” she said in a victim impact statement.
Ooi on Thursday faced Judge Michael McInerney at the Victorian County Court, where he was sentenced to a total of three years and eight months in prison, with a non-parole period of 18 months.
PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian landscape architect has been jailed for 44 months after tricking an 11-year old girl into graphic sex chats via the Snapchat and Google Hangouts apps.
Ooi Tech Yann could also be deported to Malaysia, the Australian news portal news.com.au reported.
The Melbourne-based 32-year old, who has been described as being “socially awkward” met his victim, an American, on IMVU, an online community where users pick 3D characters to meet new people, chat, and play games.
Despite knowing that she was 11, he engaged her in sex chats and even sent her photos of his private parts, Victoria Country Court judge Michael McInerney said.
According to the portal, vulgar chats continued until the victim’s mother discovered what was going on.
The victim however told the court she wasn’t aware she was speaking to an adult, “and the trauma caused her to cut herself.”
The girl’s mother reported the chats to police in Florida who subsequently shared the information with the Australian Federal Police.
“Ooi was also found to possess 389 images and 81 videos of child porn,” the report read.