Ex-Busan Mayor Jailed for Sexual Assault

  • By Lee Hyun-yi

    June 29, 2021 13:12

    Former Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don arrives for a court appearance in Busan on Tuesday. /Newsis

    Ex-Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for sexually harassing female staff.

    He was also ordered to attend 40 hours of sex offender treatment with a five-year ban on work in public facilities related to helping children, youngsters and the disabled.

    "Oh sexually assaulted two public servants, making this a case of sexual harassment in the workplace in which the accused abused his senior position," a Busan district court ruled.

    The court added that Oh was not only the mayor but also a former government minister and president of two universities, which all require a higher level of ethical responsibility than ordinary jobs, so his punishment cannot be mitigated.

    Oh resigned as mayor of Korea's second-biggest city in April last year after admitting that he sexually harassed a civil servant in his office. It was later revealed that he harassed another woman in 2018.

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