The criminal trial of former Lotte Giants pitcher Seo Joon-won, who shocked the professional baseball community earlier this year, is soon set to be ruled by the first trial. The Busan District Court will make its first ruling on Seo Joon-won, who was indicted on charges of violating the Act on the Protection of Sexuality of Children and Youth 스포츠토토 at 2 p.m. on the 13th.
According to reports, Seo Jun-won sent sexual messages about 60 times by lying as if he would pay the victim he found out through the messenger open chat room around August last year. He then received photos of the victim’s main body parts seven times. Seo Joon-won asked the victim to show him/her lewd behavior through a video call, but he/she was rejected, and threatened to release the victim’s picture if he/she did not do as he/she wanted.
The investigation into Seo Joon-won is said to have started around December last year, but he did not inform Lotte of it. The controversy grew further as the club reportedly did not know until he was sentenced to arrest in March this year. Amid various charges, the ruling of the first trial on the 13th seems to be the key to the ruling on intimidation and coercion using the production of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and filming.
According to the Act on the Protection of Sexuality of Children and Adolescents (abbreviated: Youth Sexual Protection Act), “sexual exploitation of children and adolescents” are
It means that people or expressions that can be clearly recognized as children, adolescents, or children and adolescents appear to express the contents of sexual acts or other sexual acts. Legally, it is in the form of films, videos, games, or images and videos through computers or other communication media.
The law severely punishes the production and distribution of “sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.” In particular, a person who produces, imports, or exports sexual exploitation of children and adolescents shall be sentenced to life imprisonment or imprisonment for at least five years (Article 11 (1)). The precedent is considered “production” even when the defendant has children and adolescents film pornography targeting themselves. If the Defendant planned and filmed it or gave specific instructions without having to film it himself, he/she saw it as a production (Supreme Court 2020 Do 18285 Decision).
Seo Jun-won denied that he did not know he was a minor even on the first trial date as well as at the investigative agency. The fact that they did not know whether they were minors because the target of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents should be children denied the charges by denying the intention of producing such sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.
The ruling on the alleged threat is also worth watching. The Act on Special Cases concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Violence Crimes (abbreviated: Sexual Violence Punishment Act) shall punish a person with at least one year in prison if he threatens a person using a photograph or replica (including a replica of a replica) (Article 14-3 (1)). In addition, a person who interferes with the exercise of a person’s rights or makes him/her do something that is not obligated by such threats shall be sentenced to at least three years in prison (Article 14-3 (2)). The 3Youth Sex Protection Act」 also stipulates that Article 14-3 of the 성Sexual Violence Punishment Actᄉᆞᅦ is a sex crime against children and adolescents. As much as the above regulations punish even adults, they are punished even if it is recognized that the victim did not know that he was a minor.
Seo Joon-won reversed his position and admitted the charges at the second trial date held on the 23rd of last month. The agreement with the victim was also submitted. He admitted that he knew he was a minor. At the time, the prosecution demanded a six-year prison term, and Seo Joon-won and his lawyer said in a final statement, “I ask the court to consider the difficult situation such as expulsion from the professional baseball association, release from his club, and divorce from his wife.” If the court gives me one more chance, I will live a proper life for my ex-wife, son, and parents without losing hope. Taking this opportunity, I sincerely apologize to the victims and their parents. “
Less than 10 days are left before the first trial’s ruling. Legal judgments are made on false sexual notions and attitudes toward children and adolescents. While keeping in mind that sexual exploitation of children and adolescents is a product of crime, I hope to be a teacher.