Published: Thursday January 3, 2013 MYT 12:06:00 PM
Court orders repeat child rapist be chemically-castrated
SEOUL: A court here on Thursday ordered a repeat child sex offender be chemically castrated in the first of such decision in the country, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
With the decision by the Seoul Southern District Court, the 31-year-old man, surnamed Pyo, will be sentenced to 15 years in jail and given medication that inhibits sexual urges.
Pyo, who the court said is "incapable of self-control," has been convicted with raping five teenagers between November 2011 and May 2012. He had threatened to circulate sex videos online.
"The medication will help reduce the defendant's excessive sexual fantasies and desires," the court said in a ruling.
The criminal record of Pyo, a barista (bartender), will remain public for the next 10 years.
Critics charge that the use of chemical castration violates human rights of sex offenders. - Bernama