The Taiwan High Court’s Taichung branch has given a man a suspended sentence of eight months in prison with a two-year probation period for forcibly kissing a female subordinate for five seconds.
The court also ordered him to pay the victim NT$800,000 in compensation.
The ruling said the defendant, surnamed Lien (連), 36 and married, was a manager at a company in Greater Taichung.
In July 2012, as Lien and the victim were discussing company-related issues in the company’s meeting room, Lien left the room to check whether there was anybody outside, before he returned and closed the door.
He then touched the victim’s hair before suddenly holding and forcibly kissing her, the ruling said.
It added that Lien stopped because the victim resisted.
The ruling said that after examining footage from a surveillance camera in the room, prosecutors found that Lien had kissed the victim for five seconds, despite her resistance.
Lien, who was charged with indecency, was sentenced to eight months in prison in the first trial.
Lien had argued that the woman was his girlfriend, and that she had previously allowed him to hold her hand.
Lien testified that because he was married and could not commit to her exclusively, he felt sorry for her and tried to kiss her to express his love.
He only stopped after finding the woman resisting “slightly,” he told the court.
However, the victim told the court that Lien had on many occasions expressed his love, but that she had rejected him each time.
However, Lien did not give up and instead sexually assaulted her, she said.
Lien and his wife both work for the company, the victim said.