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Pair of military officers charged with molestation

SAD, SAD SONGA female soldier was kissed against her will by a sergeant at a karaoke bar. Turning to a deputy bataillon on chief for help, he also molested her

STAFF REPORTER, WITH CNA

Army Command Headquarters said yesterday that two military personnel had been disciplined for contravening military regulations and would face a military court over allegations of molestation.

Local newspapers reported yesterday that a female platoon leader and colleagues in the Artillery Battalion of the Army 542nd Armored Brigade were invited to a karaoke parlor Feb. 25 by their superior.

While there, the platoon leader, a second lieutenant, was kissed against her will by a sergeant surnamed Lee (李).

When she sought help from a deputy battalion chief surnamed Lin (林) in the next booth, she was molested again.

Army Command Headquarters yesterday said an investigation confirmed Lin and Lee acted improperly by organizing the late-night party and inviting both men and women.

Each received two major demerits, while other military personnel involved in the matter would also be disciplined, Army Command Headquarters said.

A spokesperson for the Sixth Army Corps, to which the 542nd belongs, said later yesterday that the unit regretted the incident and that the molestation charges “will be dealt with according to military regulations.”

Army Command Headquarters issued a similar statement.

The army will also step up its implementation of gender regulations and demand that all personnel strictly adhere to gender ethics, Army Command Headquarters said.

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