A 31-year-old legislative official was sentenced to eight months in jail on Nov. 22 for secretly filming a teenage girl urinating inside a restroom with his smartphone, reports Newsis.
The mid-ranking public official, only identified by his last name Oh, was charged with the violation of the Anti-Sexual Violence Special Act and received a two-year suspended sentence and 40 hours of sexual crime prevention education.
Police arrested Oh on the evening of May 30, after he was caught filming a 19-year-old urinating in a bathroom stall of a public restroom inside a building in the Yeongdeungpo District of Seoul. Oh has been working in the legislative survey department of the National Assembly.
A graduate of Korean National Police University, Oh was once touted as an accomplished student after passing all three of Korea’s civil service exams in the legislative, judiciary and executive branches, which require highly rigorous preparation. Continue Reading »
Filipino police arrested Cho Yang-eun, one of South Korea’s most wanted fugitives, on Tuesday for allegedly embezzling $2.5 million from a bank in Korea. The arrest came two years after the leader of one of Korea’s largest crime syndicates entered the Philippines, where he has lived in hiding for the past two years.
Cho, 63, is famous for founding the Yangeuni Family, one of South Korea’s biggest gangs, in the late 1970s. He famously masterminded the raid of Seoul’s Savoy Hotel to attack a rival gang. He was arrested and imprisoned in 1980.
After Cho was released in 1995, he promised to be a reformed man and devoted himself to Christianity. The South Korean media touted him as a man who transformed from a gangster to an exemplary religious devotee. The dramatic turn of his life was even recounted in a 1996 movie, titled “Boss.” Continue Reading »
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An 8-year-old girl was recently found dead in the bathtub of her home in Ulsan, South Korea. It was her stepmother who reported that she had found the girl unconscious, but an autopsy proved that it was she who actually killed the child.
Further investigation revealed that the child’s stepmother had beaten her with a wooden back massager, breaking her ribs and damaging her lungs. The police later found additional hospital records showing that the stepmother has been abusing the girl over the last nine months, allegedly throwing boiling water that burned her hands and feet. More surprisingly, neither the girl’s school nor the hospital reported the abuse.
The death of the girl is one of tens of thousands of child abuse cases over the last few years in South Korea. The number of child abuse cases ending in convictions increased steadily over a decade in South Korea from 2,921 in 2003 to 6,403 last year, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. A staggering 87 percent of the cases occur in homes of the families and 84 percent of the perpetrators are parents. Continue Reading »
A 21-year-old undergraduate student at Cornell University has been dubbed the “bedroom burglar” after Ithaca, N.Y., police arrested him following a string of burglaries that occurred near the Ivy League campus early Saturday morning.
Byun Jun Lee pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Ithaca City Court on Tuesday, the Ithaca Independent reports. Lee was charged with three counts of burglary, criminal mischief and obstruction.
Police received a call at 3:08 a.m. last Saturday saying that a man was trying to enter an apartment window in a complex that houses single graduate and professional Cornell University students. Lee fled when he saw the 911 caller. Continue Reading »
South Korean authorities are questioning five celebrities for allegedly betting on English Premier League soccer matches through illegal gambling websites. The Korean entertainers are under further investigation, but most have stepped down from their work for the time being, according to the Korea Times.
Tony An, from the wildly popular late 1990s boy band H.O.T., Andy, from the current boy band Shinhwa, TV personalities Tak Jae hoon and Lee Min-ho, who goes by the stage name Boom and comedian Lee Soo-geun, are all under investigation.
The celebrities in question are suspected to have wagered hundreds of millions of won online. Continue Reading »