August 27, 2015 11:52
Police have arrested a woman suspected of recording videos of about 200 naked women in water park shower rooms with a concealed camera.
The woman allegedly recorded the videos with a camcorder that looks like a smartphone case after being offered money by a man she met on an Internet chat site.
Police are also searching for a male suspect who posted the videos on the Internet.
Police in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province south of Seoul charged the 27-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Choi, with sexual assault using a hidden camera. The crime carries up to a five-year prison term or a maximum fine of W10 million (US$1=W1,189).
Choi has been accused of recording videos of naked women in showers and locker rooms at water parks in Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces and swimming pools along the Han River for since mid-July. Police said Choi took around 185 minutes worth of footage which exposes around 200 women.
Choi told police that she was offered W1 million per video by a man she met online while she worked as a bar hostess. She passed him videos on three occasions. Police said the camera was made in Taiwan and costs around W500,000.
Police began investigating the case after a complaint from a water park operator in Gyeonggi Province on Aug. 17. After analyzing clips posted on an adult website based overseas, police were able to confirm that a woman appeared to be recording the footage.
Police issued a travel ban for Choi on Tuesday and tracked her down in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province. Investigators are analyzing information found on her mobile phone to track the man who allegedly bought the videos.
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