ARMY SERGEANT IN KOREA GETS THREE YEARS
IN SLAMMER FOR RAPE AND ASSAULT - NONCOM
ABLE TO AVOID MORE JAIL TIME BY "BUYING OFF"
TWO KOREAN VICTIMS OF HIS BRUTAL ATTACKS
UNDER KOREAN LAW, "PAY-OFFS" NOT CONSIDERED
ADMISSION OF GUILT - CRIMES TOOK PLACE IN SEOUL
First, Sgt. Jonathan Kim raped and beat up his female victims, then he tried to "buy them off."
Three women were assaulted, all in Seoul, the Korean capitol, but only two dropped charges in exchange for a cash settlement. The third refused to take any "hush money." She insisted on her attacker being punished.
And now the 2nd Infantry Division soldier is going to the slammer for three years.
In Korea, defendants in criminal cases can get off if they are able to reach a cash settlement with their alleged victims in exchange for withdrawing court complaints.
SERGEANT GOES TO PRISON WHEN FEMALE VICTIM REFUSES
TO TAKE "PAY-OFF" CASH
Kim tried to appease the hold-out victim by depositing 5 million won - approximately $4000 - with the court for the woman in case she wanted to change her mind, according to Seoul Central District Court Judge Lee Gwang-man.
"Nothing doing," said the unidentified female. Maybe the two other women Kim allegedly assaulted in August 2008 were willing to take the money and run, but she would not.
The GI, who claimed he was drunk and depressed when he attacked the Korean ladies, "apologized" for his actions in open court, but his hollow words didn't cut any ice with the woman he brutally beat and raped in a Dounducheon alley last summer.
Whoever this assault victim is - her name has been kept private for obvious reasons - she has shown courage to help put a dirt bag Army sergeant where he belongs - behind bars.