Court Warns Judge Who Left Children Alone in Car in Guam

  • By Kwon Sang-eun

    November 13, 2017 12:15

    The Suwon District Court on Friday issued an oral warning to one of its judges after she was arrested in Guam for leaving her children alone in a car while she and her husband went shopping.

    The 35-year-old judge, identified by her surname Sul, and her lawyer husband were arrested in the U.S. territory last month after they left their six-year-old boy and one-year-old girl in their car while they stopped at a grocery store.

    Prosecutors in Guam indicted the couple on charges of neglect, but not child abuse and they were slapped with a US$500 fine each.

    A police mug shot of the Korean judge and her husband who left their children alone in a car in Guam in early October, in a grab from local news

    But the court here said Sul's actions are not subject to punishment under domestic law, and happened while she was on vacation and not on duty. It added the children were left alone for less than 20 minutes, not 45 minutes as reports initially said.

    "But since she caused public concern she was given a stern warning," a court official added.

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