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A 30-year-old man who forcibly molested his 10-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to probation.

The 1st Criminal Division of the Pohang Branch of the Daegu District Court (Chief Judge Kwon Soon-hyang) announced yesterday (16th) that it had sentenced 39-year-old A, who was charged with violating the Act on Special Cases concerning the Punishment of Sexual Violence Crimes, to 3 years in prison and 5 years of probation. 

He added that he was ordered to complete 40 hours of sexual violence treatment program, take child abuse prevention lectures, and be restricted from employment at welfare facilities for children, adolescents and the disabled for five years. 

Person A was sent to trial in December 2016 on charges of touching a specific part of Miss B's body while sleeping in her living room.

Miss B, who was 10 at the time of the incident, filed a complaint with the police in March last year.

During the trial, Mr. A claimed that "there was no harassment."

However, the court did not accept Mr. A's argument based on the transcripts and agreements submitted by both parties, including B's specific and clear statements. 

It was investigated that A admitted to sexual harassment in April 2017 and December 2019 and wrote a memorandum of implementation and agreement to transfer real estate, automobiles, bonds, etc. to B's mother, respectively. 

In fact, it turns out that A has transferred a significant portion of the property to B's biological mother as written.  

Mr. A countered that "I wrote it because I could not withstand the pressure of both B's mothers to spread rumors of sexual harassment," but the court did not acknowledge this. 

The court said, "The victim did not report the damage to the investigation agency for a considerable amount of time, but considering the embarrassment and fear felt by the victim who was only 10 at the time, it is understandable that the report was somewhat delayed." Although the degree of sexual harassment is not light, it seems that the crime was committed accidentally, and we took into account the fact that there was no history of criminal punishment,” he explained. 

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