August 14, 2018 12:47
A court on Tuesday found former governor of South Chungcheong Province, An Hee-jung, not guilty on charges of raping his secretary.
An (53) was cleared of a lesser charge of coercing sex from a position of authority in the Seoul Western District Court.
An's former secretary Kim Ji-eun (33) accused him of repeatedly raping her on business trips and molesting her multiple times between July last year and this February. An resigned in March, days after Kim made the allegations on TV. He apologized to the public over the scandal but did not admit the charges, saying the sex was consensual.
The court said there was insufficient evidence to prove that An used his position to abuse Kim sexually and their sexual relationship was happened at their own discretion.
After the verdict, An told the court he feels "ashamed and sorry" for causing concern and disappointment.
Kim, who said she is dumbfounded by the ruling, is expected to appeal.
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