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Yunlin township mayor accused of committing adultery

‘SERVING CONSTITUENT’:Chou Shih-wen said he took a man’s wife to a motel because she was sick and needed a rest. Chou’s wife said he was set up by rivals

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

A Yunlin County township mayor has been accused of adultery after a woman’s husband reported to police that the mayor and the woman were entering a motel together on Monday.

Linnli Township Mayor Chou Shih-wen (邱世文), 48, of the Democratic Progressive Party, denied the allegation, saying he drove the woman surnamed Tseng (曾), 39, a Yunlin County government contract worker, to Greater Taichung.

Because Tseng was sick, he accompanied her to take a rest in a motel, Chou said.

Chou denied he had sex with Tseng in the motel and said he was “serving his constituent.”

Police officers cited Tseng’s husband, surnamed Chang (張), as saying that Chang hired a private detective to investigate his wife because he suspected she was having an affair with Chou.

The detective allegedly discovered that Tseng and Chou went to motels in Yunlin County and Nantou County during office hours five days last week, police quoted Chang as saying.

Chang told police that the detective on Monday morning discovered that his wife and Chou were driving in Chou’s car.

Chou and Tseng had lunch at a Japanese restaurant in Greater Taichung before entering a motel in the city at about 2pm, Chang told police.

Chang reported the case to the local police station, with police officers checking on the two as they were leaving the hotel at 4pm, police said.

Police said that because they did not have a warrant, they could not search the room where the pair stayed. They said Chang has filed an adultery lawsuit against Chou and his wife and asked for NT$3 million (US$100,000) in compensation.

Chou’s wife yesterday backed her husband, saying the allegations were an “election trick.”

Chou, who has been nominated by the DPP to run for Yunlin County councilor in November, has been “set up by his campaign rivals,” she said.

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