Original article in Korean is here.
On January 7 Judge Ji Sang-mok of the Seoul Southern District Courts’ 12th criminal division ordered 58-year old Mr. Jang, a teacher indicted for pressing and molesting a female middle school student’s bottom, to pay a five million won fine. The judge also ordered him to complete 40 hours of sex offender treatment.
The judge explained the sentence in a written opinion, stating that “as a teacher, Mr. Jang was responsible for guiding and leading students yet molested 14-year old Seo, mentally harming her, so the nature of his crime is not good… However, it is commendable that Mr. Jang quit his job over this incident.”
Mr. Jang was arrested in May of last year for entering a stationary store where Seo worked and pressing her bottom with his hands. Mr. Jang has previous convictions for molesting female middle school students, including in June of 2009, when he felt the breasts of a 13-year old student named Gu.