The Korea Herald


Army major indicted for sexual harassment faces additional charges

By Yoon Min-sik

Published : Dec. 12, 2013 - 15:20

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An Army major accused of sexually harassing a female subordinate officer -- which led the victim to commit suicide -- is believed to have physically and verbally abused six other female officers as well, a local human rights body said Thursday.

According to the Center for Military Human Rights, an internal probe by the South Korean army found that the major in question had harassed the officers from June to September. He reportedly disparaged the victims’ looks and made them feel “sexually humiliated.”

The human rights center urged the Army to punish the accused major for his additional crimes, and to come up with measures to prevent such crimes from reoccurring.

The major was indicted last month on the charge of insulting and forcibly molesting a female captain, who was found dead on Oct. 16 after committing suicide. The victim had left a suicide note condemning him.