South Korea arrests 77-year-old religious leader for ‘quasi-raping’ Hong Kong woman, molesting Australian
- South Korea defines ‘quasi-rape’ as the act of having sexual intercourse with another person by taking advantage of his/her condition of unconsciousness
- The Christian Gospel Mission, of which Jung Myung-seok is the head, strongly denied the allegations claiming they were groundless
The legal penalty for quasi rape is a minimum of three years imprisonment. As there are no regulations regarding fines, the absolute penalty is always imprisonment.
CGM, also known as Providence or JMS reportedly promotes Jung, as the messiah of the second coming, strongly denied the allegations claiming they were groundless.
Jung, who is also known as Pastor Jeong will remain in custody until a decision on a possible trial is made.
Jung was released in 2018, but was fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet. Since then he has confined himself to the Wolmyeongdong Sanctuary, the group’s off-limits hub in the southern city of Geumsan.
This is where the two women were allegedly victimised by Jung.
According to the Hong Kong woman, known as Miss Y, she said Jung had sexually assaulted her multiple times in breach of the legal provision against quasi-raping when she was a student visiting South Korea in 2018.
“It is a task for me from Heaven to reveal the truth so that there should be no more victims. Jung Myung-seok is absolutely not a messiah. JMS is not a place where the providence is realised. It is a place that sexually exploits women,” Miss Y said in fluent Korean at a press conference in March.
JMS said in a statement that the church will sincerely respond to judicial procedures and dispute allegations by the complainants to reveal the truth.
In March, JMS said in a statement the allegations made by Miss Y and the Australian woman were “groundless”, warning of libel lawsuits against any media outlets that report “unverified” facts.
Kim Do-hyeong, an activist and former head of Exodus, an anti-JMS movement helping the alleged victims, said five other victims were preparing to file sexual violence lawsuits against Jung.