Police arrest 22 middle school students in Yeoju

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Police arrest 22 middle school students in Yeoju


경찰에 학교폭력 하소연하는 학부모 4일 울산경찰청 대회의실에서 열린 ‘학교폭력 근절을 위한 관계기관 대책회의’에서 한 학부모가 집단 따돌림 및 학교폭력 사례에 대해 이야기하고 있다. [연합뉴스]

Yeoju Police said yesterday it has arrested 22 middle school students - some for sexual assault, others for violence and extorting money from their classmates - in the last few months.

The police said it has filed detention warrants for the four main culprits on a charge of raping two middle school girls and also booked 18 other students without detention for assault and extortion.


According to the police, the four main culprits from Yeoju Middle School, including Kim, 17, and Park, 14, raped two 13-year-old middle school runaway girls, both identified as Kim, on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 after drinking soju (distilled rice liquor) at Park’s home.

Kim taped both incidents with his smartphone, which police secured as evidence. The victims testified that they were raped two more times at an elementary school and on a nearby mountain in Yeoju County.

The police said the victims had been staying with Park since they left home in late October and the suspect Kim goaded Park and two other accomplices into raping the girls. The suspect Kim, the police said, was previously charged seven times with robbery and theft.

The police said Kim was also involved in violence and sexual harassment with other juveniles, dragging seven students to a nearby mountain, where they forced them to masturbate and brutally beat them when they hesitated.

Police said the 22 suspects had extorted 2.6 million won ($2,267) in cash from a variety of students in Yeoju County since September and had also assaulted them.

“The students didn’t call the police for fear of reprisal from the suspects,” a police investigator said. “We filed detention warrants for the four main culprits because they were involved in most of the cases that happened in the last few months.”

The crimes were revealed after some of the students told their parents that they were sexually abused and assaulted by the suspects. The school ascertained facts about the cases by passing out a questionnaire to the student body.

“We’ve confirmed that there are about 50 students who were mugged or assaulted by the 22 suspects,” said Kim Kyeong-soo, the principal at Yeoju Middle School. “It was much more serious than we thought.”

By Yoo Gil-yong, Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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