A shaman who allegedly raped or sexually molested dozens of women, saying that he would cure their illness through an exorcism ritual, received a reduced sentence in an appeals trial.
According to the legal community on the 23rd, Jeju High Court Jeju Criminal Division 1 (Chief Lee Gyeong-hoon) overturned the original trial of A (48, male), a shaman who was sentenced to 7 years in prison in the first trial for similar rape, forced indecent assault, and fraud, and sentenced him to 5 years in prison. sentenced
The court also ordered the completion of a sexual violence treatment program for 40 hours and a 5-year restriction on employment in institutions related to children, adolescents and the disabled.
From May 2019 to November 2021, Mr. A was handed over to trial on charges of similarly raping or molesting 20 women under the guise of her exorcism ceremony at his shrine in Seogwipo, Jeju. Mr. A is also accused of receiving 20 million won in the name of exorcism money, good rain, etc.
For women who were introduced to her through acquaintances or who came to the shrine through internet searches, Mr. A enthused her to undergo an exorcism ceremony with statements such as “Ghosts are attached to the womb” and “If you don’t exorcise, your family will be short-lived.”
He also deceived the victims with false facts such as “I am a 1% exorcist in Korea when먹튀검증 it comes to chasing away ghosts”, “I can cure cancer” and “I see through everything”.
In a small space where it is difficult for two people to sit, Mr. A touched the bodies of the victims under the guise of shamanism.
During the trial, Mr. A acknowledged the facts, but insisted that his actions were not guilty as if a doctor paid for treatment and treated them.
The court of first instance sentenced him to seven years in prison. This is because it was judged to be an act outside the scope of shamanic behavior accepted by our society. Another reason was that it was unclear from whom and how the accused learned shamanic practices.
However, the appellate court judged some of the charges against Mr. A as exorcism, recognized him innocent and commuted his sentence.