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The National Human Rights Commission of Korea yesterday asked the Navy chief of staff to investigate a sexual assault case in which a marine colonel tried to have forced sex with his male driver.

It also asked the Minister of National Defense to prevent similar crimes from occurring again and the commander of the unit of the victim to protect his safety.

The commission was acting on a petition by the mother of a corporal surnamed Lee. According to the commission’s statement, Lee was driving a colonel back to his residence after the officer drank heavily at a rest house on July 9. The colonel told Lee to stop the car, pulled him into the back seat, kissed him and forcibly undressed him. He then ordered him to have sex with him, although no sex took place.

According to a report from News Hankuk, Lee reported the assault to his commander, but was told to keep quiet. A family member also complained to the commander but was rebuffed. An official from the Marines denies that.

The night of the assault, Lee attempted to crash the car to kill himself and the colonel, but failed. Subsequently, he tried to hang himself from a tree branch but the branch broke.

The colonel was dismissed from his position on July 16.

The commission collected statements from Lee, investigated the route of the car, and concluded that Lee’s claim of sexual assault was true.

“This action violates the sexual harassment section of the military criminal law, which also violates the personal rights, personal safety and the right to self-determination of sexuality promised by the Constitution,” said the commission. “The accused was relieved of his position, but after considering the physical and psychological damage done and the victim’s desire to see the colonel punished, we request a formal criminal investigation.”

The colonel involved said to Marine investigators, “I admit some of the claims, but I don’t clearly remember specific details because I was too drunk.”

Corporal Lee is currently being treated in a mental hospital.

Yonhap

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