[Reporter Jeong-eun Sung on Daily Economy Star Today]
Ha Il-ji (real name Lim Jong-ju, 65), a former professor at Dongduk Women’s University, was sentenced to probation in the first trial by a former professor at Dongduk Women’s University, a novelist and poet who is accused of forcibly kissing his students and sexually harassing them.
On the 8th, Judge Lee Mi-kyung, who was solely responsible for criminal 9 of the Northern Seoul District Law, sentenced former professor Ha Il-ji to one year in prison and two years probation. They also ordered 40 hours of sexual violence treatment classes and a three-year limit on employment at institutions related to children and youth and welfare facilities for the disabled.
On December 10, 2015, Professor Ha was accused of making physical contact without consent, such as kissing A, a student at Dongduk Women’s University on December 10, 2015.
Professor Ha’s side has denied the allegations, claiming that the victim implicitly accepted the kiss. In addition, he argued that the credibility of the statement was questioned when the victim sent an e-mail with the content of’it is not without a rational mind’ after the incident.
However, the court on that day convicted all of the charges. Regarding the contents of the email and the contents of the email that the victim had in contact with Professor Ha Jeon several times after the incident, “The feeling of wanting to be respected as a writer and professor and recognized by the accused as a disciple and resentment of the perpetrator as a victim of sexual harassment can coexist.
“By looking at the contents of the e-mail, we cannot infer that the victim has allowed him to kiss with reasoning feelings, and the credibility of the statement cannot be rejected. Considering the defendant’s status, the victim reverts his relationship with the defendant to the old, with fear of the future, and It seems that I was writing an e-mail.”
The judge said, “The victim suffered considerable mental pain due to the crime, but the accused did not admit the crime, claiming that the kiss was’the warmest expression of affection the professor can give to the pupil’.” The situation is also bad, such as unilaterally disclosing the contents of the e-mail by suing and holding a press conference.”
Professor Ha claimed that A’s disclosure was false and sued Mr. A for defamation and intimidation, but the prosecution was not charged with A.
In the final statement of the decision trial held in August, Ha Il-ji said, “There was a lot of evidence that the victim liked me rationally, and at the time, I only kissed for a second as a consolation for fear that the victim who was drunk and toilet in front of me would be embarrassed.” “The kiss may not have been the best way to do it, but I don’t think it’s sexual harassment. I didn’t even feel sexual desire for the victim.”
Professor Ha, who had been removed from his post after the controversy broke out, retired from Dongduk Women’s University on September 1st. Dongduk Women’s University side said, “Professor Ha has retired and is not affiliated with Dongduk Women’s University,” and said, “There is no disciplinary right for teachers who have already been retired.”
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