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Electronic Anklets for Korean Sex Offenders...
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:58:32 AM »
Here are a few articles about the electronic monitoring anklet that Jeong will (hopefully) be required to wear once/if he's released from prison. His 10-year sentences is drawing to a close, but other charges may be brought against him, and Japanese authorities may also request his extradition. His release will surely be an interesting event as former members have described Jeong's desire to leave Korea as soon as possible.

If he does stay, I imagine his residence will be at the cult's HQ in Wolmyeong Dong, south of Daejon. I don't think an anklet worn at a secluded cult compound full of adoring, indoctrinated women will be effective in lessening the chance of him re-offending. Given the content of letters attributed to him sent to female followers (detailed in last years' SBS Australia report), I think we can rule out rehabilitation.

2008
August 27: Sex Offenders to Wear Electronic Anklet
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The government said it will oblige certain convicted sex offenders to wear an electronic monitoring anklet from Sept. 1. The Ministry of Justice said about 300 sex offenders will be subject to the round-the-clock monitoring program. Offenders who sexually abused children aged 13 or younger and repeat offenders will have to wear the electronic gadget after a judge endorses the request from prosecutors. They will be under surveillance for up to 10 years after their release from prison. Offenders released on parole and those who receive suspended jail terms will be monitored as well.

Nathan Schwartzman, who translated several Korean articles about JMS and other Korean cults for me here,  here, here, and here, offered these thoughts:

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This article fails to mention any criticism of this system so Iíll just go ahead and do it for them. Most sex offenses are not committed against strangers. Someone could molest their niece or rape their girlfriend and the monitoring bracelet would go right on telling the cops that everything is hunky-dory. In fact inasmuch as these bracelets continue to feed people the mistaken perception that sexual assault is typically committed against strangers they actually undermine the efforts of victims of acquaintance crimes to get recognition. In 2006 Slate ran a very good piece on the subject.

Aug. 28: Sex Offenders Getting Monitoring Bracelets

Sept. 29: Electronic Anklets Set to Track Sex Offenders (Korea JoongAng Daily)

2010
July 13: More Sex Criminals to Wear Electronic Anklets (The Korea Times)

July 14: Anklets to be Clamped on 6,916 Sex Offenders (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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According to the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Prosecutorsí Office yesterday, 6,916 convicted men will be given electronic monitoring anklets. All of them are felons who have served time since July 16, 2007, for sexual offenses. They include people who received two or more jail terms for sex crimes; people who repeated a sexual offense within five years after their release; and people convicted of sexual crimes against a minor under the age of 13.

Jeong's only received one jail term so far, but it was for raping four female members of his cult. Will the above law apply to him? He certainly has a history of running away in order to continue raping.

July 16: Electronic Monitoring for Sex Criminals Made Retroactive (The Chosun Ilbo)

August 9: Prosecution Locks Anklets on Past Sex Criminals (Korea Herald)

2011
June 13:  Rapistís Anklet Fails to Prevent Repeat Offenses (Sex Offender Issues)
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A convicted sex offender who was cuffed with an electronic monitoring anklet allegedly committed more sexual assaults, Gangnam police said yesterday, raising doubts on the effectiveness of the security devices. Police said the offender, identified by the surname [name withheld], had been sentenced to five years in prison in 2005 for rape and was released in October 2010. Since then, he has been on probation and has been wearing the monitoring anklet.

According to police, after he was released, [name withheld] lived in a two-room apartment arranged by a religious group, where his wife and five homeless people were already living. In his new home, police said, [name withheld] sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl, and raped a 47-year-old homeless woman three times in February and March. He also sexually assaulted the womanís 21-year-old son, who reported him to the police Tuesday. Police arrested [name withheld] Tuesday. ...

2012
Dec. 27: Court Rules Retroactive Electronic Anklet Law Constitutional (Yonhap News)

Sept. 1: Korea to Expand Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders

2013
June 18: South Korea Toughens Sex Crimes Law (Wall St. Journal Blogs)

2014
August 17: Anklets Prove to be Ineffective (The Korea Times)
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... It is mandatory for convicted sex offenders to wear the electronic tags for designated periods of time after they are released from prison. They are also required not to leave their residential areas without being granted special permission to do so from their probation officers. ...

Sept 3: Murderers, Rapists May Be Placed Under Protective Custody
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The Ministry of Justice said Wednesday that it will forward the "Protective Custody" bill, which authorizes the court to place criminals under custody even after they serve their period of incarceration, to the National Assembly by the end of this year. In the bill, criminals who commit murder more than twice or sexual assault more than three times will be subject to the protective custody. ...

2015
April 22: Convicted Rapist on Loose (The Korea Times)
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A convicted rapist, identified only by his surname Park, 30, has disappeared without a trace after allegedly managing to disable his electronic monitoring anklet, according to police Wednesday. The police immediately began a manhunt for him by tracking Park's mobile phone signal, but his whereabouts are still unknown. .... Park was sentenced to six years in prison on a charge of raping prostitutes in 2006. He was previously convicted nine times of various violations. Park was released from prison in 2012 and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring anklet from last year.
That's odd he was only required to wear the anklet from 2014 after being released two years earlier. I wonder what the hold up was? A paperwork backlog? Well, if Jeong is released sans anklet, he'll be on the next plane out of the country, false passport in hand.

May 15: Sex Criminal Reoffends While Wearing Tag (The Korea Herald)

October 06, 2015, 02:18:30 PM
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Re: Electronic Anklets for Korean Sex Offenders...
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 02:18:30 PM »
I can't help but be in complete agreement with Yeom Geon-ryong. I was astounded when Jeong was first given a 6-year sentence. The ten years handed down on appeal by the Supreme Court felt far too short as well. And now, some 8 years later, we are nearing the end of the sentence.

Oct. 3, 2015: 90 Percent of Violent Crime Victims Are Women (The Chosun Ilbo)
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Criminologist Yeom Geon-ryong said, "In the U.S. rapists face tough sentences of more than 50 years behind bars, while China executes people who rape juveniles." Yeom added, "We need to introduce tougher penalties on rapists."

November 01, 2015, 12:56:41 PM
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2015, 12:56:41 PM »
An example of the juster sentences handed to sex offenders in China also concerns a cult leader, but one far less prolific than Jeong. It's a shame China extradited Jeong back to Korea rather than trying him.

Cult Leader in Southern China Sentenced for Rape & Fraud (Washington Post)
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A cult leader in southern China accused of selling toxic food, swindling followers and seducing dozens of women with promises of supernatural powers has been convicted of rape and fraud and sentenced to life in prison, a court said.

Wu Zeheng, founder of the Huazang Zongmen cult, was sentenced Friday in Zhuhai City Intermediate Peopleís Court in the southern province of Guangdong, and fined 7.15 million yuan ($1.13 million). Three of his adherents also were given sentences of up to four years in prison on charges including obstruction of justice. Wu has accused authorities of persecuting a religious and charitable group.

Prosecutors said Wu set up a cult based loosely on Buddhism, claiming to the successor of several eminent monks and gathering followers who hoped ward off ill fortune, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a report earlier this year.

Some of Wuís female followers accused him of rape while others believed that sleeping with him would help them gain supernatural powers ó a ruse he used to sleep with dozens of women, including two pairs of sisters and several minors, Xinhua said.

Police arrested him in July 2014 while he was holed up at his apartment in Zhuhai with a young woman in pajamas, and they seized a cache of watches, jewelry, cigarettes, luxury liquors and cash, Xinhua said. Wu bought 11 wooden stamps online for about $500 and resold them to his followers for prices up to $80,000 each, saying the items were rare and sacred, the report said.

With contributions from his followers he opened a restaurant in Shenzhen where he sold dishes he said were made with secret recipes and precious ingredients for up to $1,000 a plate. However, prosecutors determined the food was ordinary except for the use of banned herbs, Xinhua said. Overall, police accused Wu of amassing more than $1 million in illegal profits.


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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2017, 09:12:56 AM »
2017
July 18: Government Seeks to Expand Chemical Castration (The Korea Herald)

July 19: Attempted Rape & Voyeurism to be Punished With Chemical Castration Under New Reforms (Korea Biz Wire)

July 28: Peeping Toms Face Chemical Castration (The Korea Times)

Oct. 19: NK Defector & Ex-Con Caught 78 Days After Fleeing Mental Hospital (The Korea Herald)
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After serving a jail term for the attempted murder of his half brother, he had been ordered by a court to 10 years of medical treatment for delusions. He escaped from the hospital in Naju on Aug. 1, breaking the electric anklet he had been ordered to wear.

Dec. 3: Criminals Can Now Be Chemically Castrated For Attempting Rape in South Korea (Next Shark)

Dec. 21: Parliament OKs Bill Allowing Chemical Castration of Attempted Rapists (Yonhap News)

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Electronic Anklets for Sex Offenders: Jeong Ordered to Wear Anklet for 7 Years
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2018, 04:28:58 AM »
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I've long been curious about what restrictions would be placed on Jeong after his release - I started this thread almost three years ago. The details finally were revealed today (Feb 9, 2018), and as expected, he will have to wear a monitoring anklet. But what good will that do when he has so many enablers willing to bring victims to him? It may stop him from leaving the country, but the wearer of one such anklet recently managed to remove his. I doubt he had the resources available to him that Jeong will soon have.

Feb. 9: 정명석, 출소 후 전자발찌 찬다 - 전자발찌 7년, 신상공개 및 고지 명령도 받아

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Jung Myeong-seok, after the release, 7 years in electronic bracelet

The JMS (Christian Gospel Mission), which was sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape, rape, and quasi-torture, is known to be released from prison this month. The court has ordered Jung to wear an electronic anklet.
   
The Electronic Ankle Order and the Statue Disclosure and Notice Order were issued on different dates, respectively, in different courts. The Daejeon District Prosecutors' Office requested an order to attach an electronic device to the Daejeon District Court on Oct. 19, asking Jung to be charged with electronic braces. The Daejeon District Court cited an attachment order request on November 30. Jung has seven years to wear an electronic brace.

In accordance with the Act on the Protection of Specified Offenders and the Attachment of Electronic Devices, etc., if a person (the person to be detained) violates the provisions such as prohibition of access to specific persons such as the victim and restriction of going out at certain times such as night, A fine of at least 5 million won shall be imposed.

The disclosure and notification order was decided in 2015 ahead of schedule. On December 23, 2013, the Seoul Central District Attorney's Office filed an appeal to the Seoul Central District Court for the disclosure and notification of Chung's identity. The Central District Court cited the bill on December 16, 2014. Jung's appeal was passed to the Seoul High Court, but on January 5, 2015, he withdrew his appeal.

Therefore, Jung must report the place of residence to the local police station within 20 days after the release. The police will send the information to the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Justice will again deliver the information to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to disclose and disclose the information on the sex offender notification site.

Mr. J, who had heard about Jung's electronic footsteps, said, "JMS believes Jung Myeong-seok is the second coming, and says he went to jail with his falsification. I want to ask who you are to the self-proclaimed Messiah Jung Myeong-seok, who raped the goddess and wear the electronic bracelet. " Another resigner, B, added, "We must strictly isolate Jung from the goddesses to prevent other victims from appearing." Mr. C said, "I do not want to hide his ugly appearance as a religious mask."