SEOUL– A serial rapist has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for 10 sex crimes, including one he committed 15 years ago, court officials in the southeastern city of Gwangju said Sunday.
The Gwangju District Court also ordered the convict, surnamed Kim, to wear an electronic location-tracking device and receive an 80-hour educational program against sex crimes while banning institutions involving children from hiring him for a certain period.
The 53-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting women after breaking into their homes in Gwangju and Daejeon in 10 incidents between July 2003 and November 2006.
“Kim perpetrated the robbery and sex crimes without a sense of guilt, and thus the crimes are extremely bad. On top of that, he failed to get forgiveness from the victims,” the court said in its ruling.
“It is inevitable for a heavy sentence to be meted out to him in consideration of the victims’ psychological shock, which is hard to recover from, and their pain,” it added.
Police initially had difficulty identifying the criminal although their analysis of DNA from crime scenes indicated that one person committed the crimes targeting women living alone.
But last February, Kim was caught sexually harassing clients of a fortunetelling shop where he worked. Police sent his DNA to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office for analysis and found he committed the past crimes.
He already served time in prison for a separate sex crime in the early 1990s.
Source: Yonhap News Agency