Navy captain sentenced to jail on sexual harassment charges

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Navy captain sentenced to jail on sexual harassment charges

The Korean Navy has decided to dismiss a captain accused of sexually harassing a female ensign while on duty, an unusual punishment amid mounting public criticism concerning sex crimes in the military.

The captain, whose age and name was not released, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a military tribunal held July 17 on charges of sexual harassment against the ensign onboard a Navy patrol ship.

According to the Navy, the captain groped the shoulder of the female ensign in late March and entered her cabin in the patrol corvette without her permission.

If the national defense minister approves the dismissal, the captain will be forcibly discharged from service, the Navy said.

“The Navy’s 1st Fleet’s disciplinary committee decided to hand out such a harsh punishment to the captain regarding a sexual harassment case that occurred on the patrol ship in late March,” a Navy official told reporters yesterday. “This kind of strong punishment is unusual.”

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