SK Coach jailed for 10.5 years for sexually assaulting an Olympic gold medalist
A South Korean court has on Thursday sentenced ex-Olympic coach Cho Jae-beom for 10.5 years for sexually assaulting double gold medalist Shim Suk-hee.
According to the details, Shim filed her complaint against her former coach Cho Jae-beom in January 2019, accusing him of having sexually abused her for years.
However, the court has sentenced Cho to 10 and a half years in jail for the “highly condemnable” act against a juvenile.
“The accused committed sexual assault by force, repeatedly using the victim’s inability to protest against her speed skating coach,” the court ruled.
Now aged 23, Shim Suk-hee has four Olympic medals to her name, including relay golds at both Sochi 2014 and on home ice during the Pyeongchang Games four years later.
Cho was sentenced to 18 months in jail in January 2019 on separate charges of physically abusing Shim.
And now he has to serve a total of 12 years in prison.
South Korea remains a highly patriarchal country, where victims of sex crimes often face public shaming and convicted rapists can receive relatively lenient sentences.
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