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Police searching for suspect after English teacher sexually assaulted by taxi driver in Gwangju

The Kukmin Ilbo (and others) are reporting that police are investigating after a 22-year-old American women reported she was sexually assaulted by a tax driver last night.

According to Gwangju’s Seobu Police Station and Gwangsan Police Station, the young woman said she was assaulted in the taxi, which she took from in front of a hospital in Gwangsan-gu, and dumped in an empty lot.

Having lost her phone, she returned to her home in Seo-gu and called her Korean friend, after which either she or her friend called 112.

Police tracked her phone to the Hanam Industrial Complex in Gwangsan-gu. They are now looking for the suspect based on the victim’s testimony and CCTV footage.

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  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    Interesting to know how they tracked her phone so fast, when the lady in Suwon was being murdered who rang from her phone – the police couldn’t find her.

  • Creo69

    Excellent work so far by the Korean police. They shouldn’t have much trouble getting this guy witth video.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Yes, how many Korean ajosshis can there be who are about 5’7″, dark brown/black hair, dark brown/black eyes, with ajosshi belly and ajosshi haircut who drive a cab?

  • keith

    Good point Joe, but at least they should have the licence plates. The plates will go a long way to finding the perp. Let’s hope the police get the guy, and get him soon.

    I don’t have high hopes that they’ll catch him, and Korean police do seem to be rather useless.

  • Q

    I think nowadays taxis equip with digital tachograph. Investigating the logs at taxi companies might help catching the criminal.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    And if they catch him he will get 2 years, max.

  • Flyingsword K

    Crime against the foreign bastard….they don’t care.

  • Q

    Well, we do not know how Korean judges would decide yet and I think the criminal deserves chemical castration, whilst we have “Six out of 10 crimes involving U.S. servicemen not indicted: report”

    http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20120926000647

  • Yu Bum Suk

    Salaryman, if he serves all of two years that would probably be as much or more time behind bars as he’d get in Canada. Christopher Paul Neil’s a free man walking around in public in Canada despite the fact the RCMP have photographic evidence of him abusing children.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Yu Bum Suk, Christopher Paul Neil served five years in a Thai prison for his crimes. The Thai’s originally sentenced him to six years, reduced the sentence by about half, and then convicted him on another count, tacking on an additional six years. The Thais released him from Thai prison last month.

    Christopher Paul Neil returned to Canada, and the Canadian authorities arrested him immediately upon his arrival. Canadian authorities detained him and days later conditionally released him.

    Complain to the Thais.

  • Creo69

    “Yes, how many Korean ajosshis can there be who are about 5’7″, dark brown/black hair, dark brown/black eyes, with ajosshi belly and ajosshi haircut who drive a cab?”

    They have CCTV video. They obviously know the cab company, possibly have an image of the driver or a plate number. While all Asians may look similar to you, you may be surprised that Mr. Kim can quickly tell the difference between Mr. Lee and Mr. Oh when given a picture. They are pretty clever about that.

    Not to mention all the other info that is collected by the variety of devices in a cab in Korea now days and any other devices that the guy may have had on him at the time. Yeh, I know. He was a smart man and shut everything off. Any idiot that drives a cab and rapes women for a living isn’t that bright. He fucked up already by getting caught on the camera. He made several less obvious mistakes as well.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    Anonymous Joe, CPN served his time in Thailand for two specific offences. Five years seems like a slightly light but not unreasonable sentence for that. However, there are pics of him assaulting many other boys and Canadian authorities seem powerless to do anything about those. It makes me wonder if RCMP forensics seriously fucked up somehow. They can’t even lock him up for distribution of child porn?

  • Arghaeri

    Jakgani, tgat may depend on whether the phone had been switched off or not.

    And that was one room of many in 3D that nay be within the approx coordinates given by the cell tower.

  • Creo69

    “Christopher Paul Neil returned to Canada, and the Canadian authorities arrested him immediately upon his arrival. Canadian authorities detained him and days later conditionally released him….”

    Wow, seems like just yesterday he was crying out the bus window for his mommy to come get him. Apparently, his family still wants nothing to do with him.

    According to this video there is a warrant for his arrest still in Cambodia. And he is walking free in Canada? Hmm… Looks like he aged a good decade or more during his 6 years in Thai prison.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/10/03/bc-christopher-neil-pedophile.html

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #12 Yu Bum Suk: “Anonymous Joe, CPN served his time in Thailand for two specific offences. Five years seems like a slightly light but not unreasonable sentence for that.”

    I agree with your assessment of his sentence.

    “However, there are pics of him assaulting many other boys and Canadian authorities seem powerless to do anything about those. It makes me wonder if RCMP forensics seriously fucked up somehow. They can’t even lock him up for distribution of child porn?”

    It makes me wonder whether Canada has jurisdiction.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    Anonymous Joe,

    - He was in possession of child porn in Canada at one point in time.
    - He distributed child porn from Canada.
    - Under Canadian law someone in Canada can be charged with a sex offfense against a minor committed outside Canada.

    I fail to understand how Canada can’t lock him up for at least a decade, unless the police somehow seriously fucked up.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Liberals seem to love depraved individuals, showing leniency towards them makes them feel all warm inside. This is why CPN has not been castrated and is walking free.

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    “Six out of 10 crimes involving U.S. servicemen not indicted: report”

    Even a cursory reading of the article would reveal that its real import is that upwards 60% of the ALLEGED criminal acts of USFK personnel are NOT and therefore are dismissed.

  • Q

    You are right. The damn Korean judges might dismiss the taxi driver’s ALLEGED criminal act too.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #16 Yu Bum Suk, if what you wrote is in fact true, I agree.

    I wonder whether Canada had such laws for Canadians committing sex crimes against children at the time of CPN’s crimes.

  • leguwan

    Maybe the “women” just forgot to pay her “tax” (sic)…..

  • Yu Bum Suk

    20, I’m sure Canada did.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #18 Sperwer:

    #8 Q: “Six out of 10 crimes involving U.S. servicemen not indicted: report”

    Even a cursory reading of the article would reveal that its real import is that upwards 60% of the ALLEGED criminal acts of USFK personnel are NOT and therefore are dismissed.

    I got the same from my cursory reading as Sperwer did in his. The Saenuri Party representative who released the party took this as a need for Korean prosecutors to prosecute foreigners more vigilantly. I suppose that’s one take. Another is just how easy it is for Koreans to implicate foreigners.

    Which do you think it is?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    party -> report

  • Flyingsword K

    Most of the so called “crimes” by service members are traffic accidents that are worked out between the parties involved with insurance etc. thus not requiring it being set to court. The Korean police / courts do not seperate misdemeanors or felonies when the talk about US Service member crime.

    Another example of statics don’t lie but liars use statics……

  • Flyingsword K

    Off topic, but speaking of traffic accidents in Korea…..

    Can someone tell me why Koreans can’t see red?

  • MrMao

    Expel unqualified sex-criminal Koreans from Korea for their continuous crimes!

    As for CPN, he was (according to wikipedia) arrested at YVR on a Criminal Code s. 810.1 warrant and released four days later on conditions:

    810.1 (1) Any person who fears on reasonable grounds that another person will commit an offence under section 151, 152, 155 or 159, subsection 160(2) or (3), section 163.1, 170, 171 or 172.1, subsection 173(2) or section 271, 272 or 273, in respect of one or more persons who are under the age of 16 years, may lay an information before a provincial court judge, whether or not the person or persons in respect of whom it is feared that the offence will be committed are named.

    http://yourlaws.ca/criminal-code-canada/8101-where-fear-sexual-offence

    -This is a public-order offence that requires no outward mainfestation of harm. It’s a creepy law, but not quite as creepy as CPN. Cambodia and Vietnam have warrants for his arrest, but don’t want to pay to bring him back and jail him and they know he is never leaving Canada again because he won’t get a passport as a convicted sex-offender. As for prosecuting him for those crimes (in Cambodia and Vietnam, not Thailand because of double-jeopardy) on the basis of extra-territorial jurisdiction…I don’t quite know why they didn’t.

  • Q
  • Arghaeri

    Expel unqualified sex-criminal Koreans from Korea for their continuous crimes!

    How will you determine if a sex-criminal is qualified or merely an amateur? How many or pehaps the seriousness of their crimes?

  • Q

    You are probably right that most violation of laws by servicemen are related with traffic law. The article, however, is about crimes of robbery, rape, violence, and drugs.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Q, where did in that article did you read that the article “is about crimes of robbery, rape, violence, and drugs”?

    To me, the salient point of the article is the following:

    “A prosecutor‘s decision to not arraign a criminal suspect is referred to as a non-indictment disposal. This category includes suspension of indictment, non-suspicion due to insufficient evidence or crime not acknowledged, crime not established, no arraignment right and dismissal.”

    To the Saenuri Party and Korean Netizens,

    “More than 60 percent of crimes involving U.S. soldiers in South Korea were not sent to courts for trial last year, a government report showed Wednesday, raising concerns that judicial authorities are too lenient on such crimes.

    Charges were not pressed in 63.4 percent or 218 out of 344 criminal cases, involving U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) personnel in 2011….”

    I don’t know the number of USFK personnel in Korea, but I’ve heard 28,500 tossed around as a limit by treaty. If I use a low ball 17,200 figure for easy math in my head and assume that all 344 criminal cases involved not only valid charges but also guilty low-life, waegukin scum of the earth that they doubtlessly are, then the USFK crime rate would be 2%.

    Here’s the missing point: what is the overall crime rate in Korea and how does that compare to a mostly late teens to early 20′s, overwhelmingly male, separated from the watchful eyes of its family and community, target on its back, cohort?

  • Yu Bum Suk

    MrMao, are you sure he can’t get a passport? He’s never been convicted of a thing in Canada. He’s currently under an 18-month probabtionary period under that special ‘preventative’ law you mentioned, but after that? Plenty of foreigners have been wrongfully convicted in Thailand and I’m sure they can still get passports in their home countries.

  • MrMao

    (4.11) Notwithstanding anything in this Act or any other Act, every one who, outside Canada, commits an act or omission that if committed in Canada would be an offence against section 279.01, 279.011, 279.02 or 279.03 shall be deemed to commit that act or omission in Canada if the person who commits the act or omission is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5697415&File=24

    - So, yes. He has been convicted in Canada.

    9. Passport Canada may refuse to issue a passport to an applicant who…

    (c) stands charged outside Canada with the commission of any offence that would, if committed in Canada, constitute an indictable offence;

    (This would cover the Cambodian and Vietnamese warrants.)

  • MrMao

    s. 279.01 is on human trafficking, by the way: ‘every person who recruits, transports…a person, or exercises control…over the movements of a person, for the purposes of exploiting them…is guilty of an indictable offence.’

  • MrMao
  • MrMao
  • MrMao

    Anyway, I hope they catch this guy in Korea. I remember back in 2002 when a number of women were murdered after getting into a car that a couple of guys had made up to look like a taxi. Yes, I suppose the crimes were probably committed late at night and the women had perhaps been drinking. I think they buried the bodies near a ski resort (Phoenix Park?). Sick.

  • MrMao

    Oh, and before I sign off: s 810 (or whatever it is) is not public order, its a ‘Surety for the Peace.’ Night.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    Thanks for the info MrMao. However I’m sure you can also find tough-sounding laws about child porn that apparently can’t be applied in this case. In any event lets hope Canadian authorities keep a close eye on him.

  • MrMao

    I don’t know, I’ll ask around. My interest in this is somewhat personal, too. There is more information here; it says he has surrendered his passport as part of his conditions, but that this order has to be renewed by the Crown in 18 months.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/03/christopher-paul-neil-swirl-face_n_1934729.html

    This statement, in particular, makes me think that he will never get another passport:

    However, police remain mindful of the case and will never entirely close the possibility of another investigation related to possible offences in other countries.

    That would fit the description here under s. 9(d)(ii):

    9. Passport Canada may refuse to issue a passport to an applicant who

    (a) fails to provide the Passport Office with a duly completed application for a passport or with the information and material that is required or requested

    (i) in the application for a passport, or

    (ii) pursuant to section 8;

    (b) stands charged in Canada with the commission of an indictable offence;

    (c) stands charged outside Canada with the commission of any offence that would, if committed in Canada, constitute an indictable offence;

    (d) is subject to a term of imprisonment in Canada or is forbidden to leave Canada or the territorial jurisdiction of a Canadian court by conditions imposed with respect to

    (i) any temporary absence, work release, parole, statutory release or other similar regime of absence or release from a penitentiary or prison or any other place of confinement granted under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Prisons and Reformatories Act or any law made in Canada that contains similar release provisions,

    (ii) any alternative measures, judicial interim release, release from custody, conditional sentence order or probation order granted under the Criminal Code or any law made in Canada that contains similar release provisions

    They arrested him to make him subject to release conditions within Canada. It’s hard to see any government agreeing to give a major international embarassment like him another travel document.

  • MrMao

    Links:

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Pedophile+return+will+test+Canada+resolve+protect+children+both+here+overseas+Bramham/7328330/story.html

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Part+Four+predators/6350866/story.html

    However, this one points out two recent examples of people under similar conditions to Neil being given passports back after a few years:

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Part+Cambodia+there+price+childhood/6338309/story.html

    Another British Columbian, Orville Mader, was arrested at Vancouver airport in 2007 after a worldwide manhunt. Mader had fled home from Thailand carrying only his laptop to avoid arrest on charges of sexually abusing a seven-year-old boy.

    A judge set Mader free on bail, but placed restrictions on him, while police investigated and Crown prosecutors determined whether to lay sex tourism charges. Mader was restricted from using the Internet, being in contact with children or going anywhere they might congregate. His passport was taken away and he was to report regularly to Surrey police.

    While he lived under those restrictions, Mader was convicted in absentia in Thailand. But in November 2010, police and B.C. prosecutors allowed Mader’s conditions to lapse. The Crown had decided that the evidence didn’t meet Canadian standards. Mader was free. Whether he got his passport back, Canadian officials won’t say, citing privacy laws.

    Then there’s the case of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh. Last year, the 67-year-old from Cape Breton had his conviction on 17 charges of gross indecency and indecent assault of six Canadian boys overturned because it had taken so long to get to court. Their allegations dated back to the 1970s and by the time the victims came forward in 1995, MacIntosh was in India.

    Twice, the Canadian passport office failed to revoke his passport. Finally, in 2006, Canada requested MacIntosh’s extradition from India. That was the same year the Toronto Star reported that two Indian men had alleged MacIntosh assaulted them while they were boys living in an orphanage.

    So…wait and see. We might be reaching boiling point on this issue and the authorities might actually shut him down forever, or…maybe they let him out and hope he gets murdered. 50/50.

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  • lonepaladin

    It is really disturbing when something like this happens in a country town like Gwangju. It is unthinkable, considering how safe a city it has been in the four and half years I have lived in Korea. From my experience, crime here is vitually non existent, except for petty theft, if compared to what one would expect in America. One reason I love Korea is the fact that parents can let their kids run around and ride buses alone without fear that they will get kidnapped. I thought that when I start a family here, I do not have to worry about my children. Rapes do happen everywhere, but when considering that foreigners are such a minority here and it was done by a stranger and in a taxi cab, it is very rare for this kind of thing to happen in this city. I really do hope they catch the guy.