A South Korean court has given a suspended sentence to a public official who confessed to filming a woman on the toilet. The case drew national attention and disgust after the man, identified publicly only as “Mr. Oh”, was revealed to have passed all three of Korea’s most difficult civil service exams, a feat that would ordinarily earn someone immense respect. Netizens questioned how someone with obviously low moral standards could simply pass a test and be entitled to high government office.
According to the police, the woman spotted Oh’s phone over the top of the stall, jumped out, grabbed his arm, and started screaming. When police arrived, they found that Oh was so drunk they had difficulty putting handcuffs on him.
Article From Newsis:
Mid-ranking legislative public official says “no comment” after his trial for recording woman urinating.
On November 22nd, Judge Song Dong-jin of the Seoul Southern District Court sentenced 31-year-old Mr. Oh to an eight-month term in jail with a two-year suspended sentence, and forty hours of sexual crime prevention education. He was indicted for violating the Anti-Sexual Violence Special Act after having been caught secretly filming a woman using the toilet inside public restrooms.
In its explanation of the sentencing, the court said, “Mr. Oh was supposed to abide by the law to administer social justice, but he reformatted his smartphone (to delete evidence) while he was under police investigation, and caused a loud disturbance when he protested against being detained in the lockup of a police station.”
“However, we take into account such mitigating circumstances as his confessions and the fact that victims do not want to punish Mr. Oh,” the court added.
On late May 30, 2013, at about 9:30 p.m., Mr. Oh was arrested for using his smartphone to furtively video a 19-year-old woman urinating on a toilet inside a female restroom on the first floor of a building in Yeongdengpo, southern Seoul.
After the ruling at the court, Mr. Oh, dressed in a gray suit, told reporters, “I have no comment on the verdict. I am consulting with my lawyer on whether to make an appeal or not.”
Mr. Oh is a fifth-level public servant at the National Assembly, working in the legislative survey department, [South Korean civil servants range in rank from 1 to 9, with 1 being the most senior]. He graduated from the Korean National Police University and secured what is referred to as a “grand slam title” by passing three notoriously difficult civil service exams for the legislative, judiciary and executive branches.
Comments from Daum:
Now he is a four-title holder
A grand slam title holder is a rare breed. His personal information will be soon dug out into the open by Netizens, though his real name is not mentioned in the article.
I guess his sexual urges had built up during the years of studying for the exams.
He must be sacked from his legislative job.
I am deeply concerned about how such a trash could ruin the country after becoming the public official just by passing the right exams. Isn’t it right to revoke all his qualifications? I doubt his integrity. He needs to be socially buried. I doubt whether such a horrible act is correctable. I bet he will not fix his bad habits for the rest of his life.
I can’t figure out why victims do not want to have him punished. Harsh punishment and no suspended sentence for him would reduce the number of potential female victims in the future. Did he smooth things over with an out-of-court settlement? A public official is fired whenever he or she gets criminal punishment, even just with a suspended sentence. On top of it, that guy is highly suspected of doctoring evidence against him. There is a report that the police records involved with his case disappeared. I guess the disappearance is somehow involved with the fact that he is a graduate of the Korean National Police University.[...]
Comments from Naver:
Did he really want to see women defecating in a toilet stall? dirty shit! What a dirty pervert!
A grand slam achiever can easily sleep with girls just by saying to them, “I passed the three national exams.” He must be book smart, not street smart.
I am a man but I cant fathom at all why he took the dirty pictures.ㅡㅡ
Just by mentioning his background he will get an opportunity to meet girls who are willing to let him see see them peeing. Why did he have to do it illegally?
He traded pleasure from peeping women’s peeing for success in life.
I think he is the leadership material for the ruling Saenuri Party in the future.
I gave you a round of applause for your patience when you shot the film putting up with the odor in there. I guess such determination must have been the basis for your grand-slam title. Does he really like the smell of feces?