December 28, 2016 12:05
A Korean diplomat in Chile has been fired after he was sent home in disgrace for molesting underage girls there.
The diplomat, surnamed Park, defended himself at a disciplinary hearing at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, but the ministry said sexual harassment of minors is beyond the pale.
Earlier this month, Park allegedly made advances to a 13-year-old girl in Chile who had come to learn Korean under an initiative to promote Korean pop culture there.
The girl made a complaint, and a local TV station launched a sting operation using a hidden camera and another girl, whom he also promptly molested, and aired the footage.
Park admitted the two documented charges but, in a bizarre defense, asked the ministry to take into account his efforts to promote Korean pop culture.
The ministry plans to lodge a criminal complaint against Park the moment Chilean authorities send the evidence.
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