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K-Pop star given 1-year jail term for sharing footage of rape victims

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Seoul, March 28 (IANS) K-pop star Choi Jong Hoon has been sentenced to one year in jail for filming his rape victims and sending the footage to his friends.

The 31-year-old disgraced star was previously sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting women who were “drunk and unable to

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resist,” along with singer Jung Joon Young, at two parties in 2016, reports aceshowbiz.com.

The former F.T. Island band member filmed and photographed their victims and shared the illegally-taken footage with his friends digitally.

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Choi Jong Hoon was sentenced by Seoul Central District Court on March 27.

“On his charge of filming a woman’s nude body, offering it to other people, and distributing pornographic material, he quickly and easily spread a video that could distort a sound sexual awareness, so the societal damage is great,” the presiding judge said.

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The singer was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for two years of probation, along with 80 hours in a sexual violence rehabilitation

program.

He is also banned from employment at children and youth facilities for five years.

The sentence also included a charge for attempted bribery, after he tried to give a police officer $1,639 to cover up his drink-driving arrest in 2016.

Jung Joon Young is serving six years in prison for his involvement inthe activity.

–IANS

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