45-year-old Neo Aik Chiao, a lieutenant-colonel from the Republic of Singapore Air Force who had flown helicopters including a Chinook, allegedly trespassed into a dormitory at Nanyang Technological University and molested a woman there.
The incident allegedly happened on 13 November at about 2am.
MINDEF said in a statement to Straits Times that Neo has been suspended from all his duties by the SAF, and that they will carefully assess the eventual findings before deciding on further actions to take against him.
They added that they hold their service personnel to “high standards of discipline and integrity”.
Neo was charged on 15 November with 2 counts of criminal trespass, as well as one count of molestation.
He had allegedly trespassed into the dormitory rooms of two women aged 18 and 21 on 13 November, where he allegedly molested the 21-year-old by touching her left thigh.
NTU said that the police were immediately called to the scene and that they have since stepped up security at the campus and provided support to the victims.
Neo’s case has been adjourned to next Tuesday (29 November).