A female private institute teacher was sentenced to eight months jail, suspended for two years, for making love with a male middle school student, 13, according to Incheon District Court on Sunday.
The court also ordered the teacher to serve 120 hours of community service, according to Yonhap news agency.
The teacher, 32, allegedly made love with the student four times between Oct. 9-25, 2015.
The court heard that the teacher and the student became close while sharing the same route home, and that the teacher proposed they have a sexual relationship.
She sent the student suggestive messages such as “Let’s bath together” and “Let’s hug” even before they first had sexual intercourse.
The teacher claimed the sexual intercourse took place with consent and therefore had no grounds for being charged with sexual assault.
“I love my teacher and I don’t want her to be punished,” the student told investigators. “However, I admit I was embarrassed while having sexual intercourse with her.”
The court ruled:”The student was only 13 years old, which makes him unlikely to have proper knowledge about having sexual intercourse.
“Therefore we judged that he did not properly consent to having sexual intercourse with his teacher.”
“The defendant used the student’s lack of sexual knowledge to pleasure herself sexually.
“From a common moral point of view this is viewed as a sexual assault.”
What prevented the Korean police from suggesting to the Korean female teacher that she “settle the case amicably” as a male teacher did in Incheon in 2012? As reported in the article: “Sex abuse against teens rising: report”.