The Kaohsiung District Court yesterday sentenced a physician and a former salesman, both in their 60s, to jail for having sex with several underaged girls.
Chen Che-wen (陳哲文), a 66-year-old doctor at the Bureau of National Health Insurance’s outpatient clinic in Greater Kaohsiung, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Lin Chun-chang (林俊滄), a 61-year-old retired pharmaceutical salesman, was sentenced to nine years.
The ruling said the two had sex with individuals under the age of 18, which is a violation of the Child and Youth Sexual Transaction Prevention Act (兒童及青少年性交易防治條例).
The pair can appeal the ruling with the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch Court.
The ruling said the pair started enticing young girls into having sex with them in the summer of 2008.
The men generally started by inviting the girls to have meals or visit cafes and KTVs with them and offered them money.
Once the girls were at ease with them, the men asked to touch them or take a bath with them in exchange for money, gradually persuading the girls into having sex with them.
As of October 2008, the pair had separately had sex with four or five girls under the age of 14, and paid them between NT$1,000 and NT$5,000 to have intercourse, the ruling stated.
The girls were told they would receive a NT$2,000 “fee” for introducing their friends to them, the ruling said.
The ruling said the two men were old enough to be the victims’ grandfathers.
Chen and Lin neither admitted their crimes during the hearing nor apologized or offered compensation to their victims, it said.
Chen was arrested in October last year after police tracked him to a motel in Greater Kaohsiung, where he was having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Police arrested Lin in another hotel in Greater Kaohsiung, as he was about to have sex with two 13-year-old girls.
Prosecutors said Chen had the telephone numbers of more than 100 teenage girls in his address book, adding that they might have been his future “targets.”