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Open World Ent. Rep Has His Appeal Dismissed and is Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

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2013.02.21 14:10 Mwave Park, HyunMin Translation Credit : Erika Kim

The former Open World rep charged for sexually harassing his agency′s trainees has again been sentenced to six years in prison despite his appeal.

On February 21, at the final trial held for the agency rep, the justice department stated, "Even after considering all sides of the issue, we cannot be led to believe that the original sentence was harsh. We reject the defendant′s appeal, and uphold the original sentence."

Open World Ent. Rep Has His Appeal Dismissed and is Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

After being given a jail sentence, the agency rep, Mr. Jang, lodged an appeal, saying he "is not a gangster but [the court] concluded so," and that he should receive favorable treatment as he has "contributed to the Korean wave and has family to look after."

The appeal, however, was dismissed at the final hearing this day.

THe justice department added, "Considering the methods, relationships and age of the defendant, the nature of the crime is severe. He recruited trainees for his agency and signed them in, and, using the ultimate authority he wields over the victims, violated their sexual autonomy and dignity, leaving behind deep scars and pain that may never heal."

It then said, "He failed to reach an agreement on the opinion that he entered sexual relations under consent, and the victim wishes him to receive a severe punishment."

Mr. Jang is allowed to lodge another appeal to the Supreme Court within a week.

He was arrested for sexually harassing four of his agency trainees, two of whom are minors, from November 2010 to March 2012.

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