Thursday, January 3, 2013

S Korean court orders 1st chemical castration of child rapist

S Korean court orders 1st chemical castration of child rapist

  In a landmark ruling, a South Korean
court today sentenced a 31-year-old pedophile to 15 years in
jail and ordered the country's first ever chemical castration.
          The ruling is the first since the country passed a law in
2011 that allows hormonal treatment or chemical castration for
convicted child molesters, who are at risk of repeating their

          The defendant, only known by his surname Pyo, was charged
with having sex with five teenagers whom he met through a
smartphone chat service six times between November 2011 and
May 2012, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

            Pyo then threatened to circulate online video footage of
them engaged in sexual acts and nude photos of the minors, and
also raped them by threatening them with deadly weapons.
            "(Pyo) committed the crimes against multiple victims for
a long period of time. (The court) deems that he has a
distorted sexual awareness and excessive sexual desire, which
makes it impossible for him to control sexual impulses by
himself," Judge Kim Ki-young of the Seoul Southern District
Court said in his ruling.
            The court also ordered Pyo's information be made
available to the public for 10 years and that he wear an
electronic monitoring anklet for 20 years after his release
from prison. Pyo was also ordered to undergo 200 hours of
therapy to treat his sexual impulses, the court said.
            South Korea was the first country in Asia to adopt this
type of treatment, although Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland
and the US state of California have used it for years, the
report said.
            The country's Justice Ministry, meanwhile, said Pyo would
be administered the first medication designed to reduce sex
drive, compulsive sexual fantasies and capacity for sexual
arousal two months ahead of his release from the prison.
            The Seoul court's verdict came at time when India is
debating whether to introduce punishment like chemical
castration to check crimes against women in the wake of the
horrific gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi, who died in
Singapore last month.

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