SINGAPORE – Darryl Ian Koshy, known by most as former DJ and YouTuber Dee Kosh, was charged in court earlier today (19th August) on seven sexual offence charges.
These charges include one count of sexually exploiting a minor, three counts of communicating with a minor to obtain sexual services, and three counts for making and possessing obscene films of minors.
Allegedly, the 32-year-old had offered money (ranging from $1000- $2000) to teenage boys (between the ages 15-17) in exchange for sexual services. The alleged victims’ identities are protected by a court issued gag order.
Police investigations started last year when sexual harassment accusations were made against Dee Kosh on social media. When he was arrested last year, the police found him in possession of obscene videos that allegedly shows him engaging in sexual acts with others. It appears that the videos were taken without the other party’s knowledge.
Although he initially denied all allegations, he later posted on Instagram that “there is truth to some of the things which are being said now, and I am sorry to the people I have hurt in the process”.
He is currently out on bail of S$20,000 and his hearing is set for 15th September.
If he is found guilty under the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) for sexual exploitation of a young person, he could be facing a fine not exceeding S$10,000, imprisonment up to five years, or both.
If he is found guilty of communicating for the purpose of obtaining for consideration sexual services of a minor, he could face jail time of up to two years or fined, or both.
If he is found guilty of making an obscene film, he could be imprisoned for up to two years or fined between S$20,000 and S$40,000, or both.
Also, the punishment for possessing any obscene films is a jail term of up to six months, a fine up to S$20,000, or both.
Dee Kosh has 367,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and is also known for being one of the hosts of “Food King” by Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) before his role was replaced. He was also a radio DJ at Power 98 before being placed on leave pending police investigations.