Firefighter Arrested for Attempted Rape at Jeju Guesthouse

Nicholas Kim, March 20, 2018, 8:58 a.m.

Police in Jeju have arrested a fireman for attempting to rape a young woman in a guesthouse on the resort island. Police said Monday that Lee (29), a firefighter in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, checked in at the guesthouse on March 11 and met the victim at a drinking party in the guesthouse.

After the party, Lee walked with the victim and two other women to a beach 500 m from the guesthouse around 10 p.m. Lee attempted to rape the victim when the other women walked away from them in another direction. The victim received wounds on her knees and arms while resisting.

The victim reported the crime to police, who woke up Lee shortly after midnight and arrested him. Lee admitted the charges saying he was intoxicated. "Female guests can be easily exposed to crimes at the parties some guesthouses throw to attract customers," a Jeju police spokesman said.

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