A temporary teacher at a middle school in North Chungcheong Province was arrested for raping and molesting female teenagers, police said Wednesday. He had previously been convicted on seven counts of sexual assault and other crimes.
Police said the contract-based teacher, identified as Min, sexually assaulted an unidentified middle school student in February at a motel in the province. Police said the student was a runaway at the time and the 31-year-old approached her, saying he would rent a motel room to be used as a temporary ``shelter.''
He is also accused of molesting another teenage girl at a karaoke bar the following month, police said.
Police are widening their investigation to find out whether he committed other crimes.
Currently, criminal records of those sentenced to less than three years in prison are removed after five years. As such, schools can't always ascertain the criminal record of would-be teachers.
I'll reiterate that few if any current or prospective native speaker teachers object to the principle of submitting criminal background checks. But if the records of Koreans are wiped clean after five years, why all the moral panic about the foreign menace, and why is nobody questioning the "ethical qualifications" of that much larger demographic? After all, how many cases of sexual misconduct by foreign teachers have you read about? Abuse? Corruption? This case could throw a monkey wrench into the machinery that would bring thousands of Korean "lecturers" in to, as some education officials spin it, eventually replace us.
The article comes to us via Gusts of Popular Feeling. If it wouldn't take so long, I think I would create an updated list of teachers behaving badly.
* Update: Korea Beat has a translation of a lengthier article.