By Yun Suh-young
Prosecutors Thursday sought a prison term of 18 months for each of three former Korea University medical students on charges of sexually molesting a female colleague last May.
At a court hearing at the Seoul Central District Court, the prosecution asked for a prison term for each of the accused ― identified as Park, 23, Han, 24, and Bae, 25 ― for sexual molestation of the unconscious woman.
The original charges of aggravated sexual molestation were changed to sexual molestation at the prosecution’s request. “We’ve decided to change the charges because the victim was too drunk to resist and there were no signs of assault or threat by the assailants,” the prosecution said.
Park and Han admitted to the charges and apologized for not acting rationally and causing pain to the victim.
“I’m so sorry for inflicting damage that cannot be erased,” Park said at the court.
Han said: “I was not able to make a reasonable judgment as I was drunk. I regretted for not making a proper apology to the victim after the incident. I am deeply sorry and beseech forgiveness from the victim.”
The third student Bae, however, claimed his innocence, saying that he regretted not being able to stop the incident.
The three students had been indicted on charges of sexually molesting a female colleague and taking pictures with their cellphone cameras at a guesthouse in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, on May 21.
Last week, Korea University expelled the three students permanently.
At most, the perpetrators can be imprisoned for 10 years or fined 15 million won.
The court will deliver a ruling on Sept. 30.