TV personality Ko gets 5-year jail term for rape

A Seoul district court Wednesday sentenced TV personality Ko Young-wook to five years in prison for raping and sexually assaulting minors and ordered him to wear an electronic anklet for 10 years after his jail term is served.

Ko, 37, a former member of the ’90s popular singing group Roo’Ra, was found guilty of a total of four accounts of rape and sexual assault of three teenagers in his home and car between July 2010 and December 2012. The age of sexual consent in Korea is 18 years old.

The Seoul Western District Court also ordered Ko’s personal information be made available to the public for seven years upon his release from prison. He is the first local celebrity to be ordered to wear an electronic anklet.

“The defendant committed the crimes against minors, abusing his status as a celebrity that draws attention and envy from the young,” the court said in its ruling.

“His perception of sex is also twisted and he seems to have little patience because he committed crimes even during a period when he was under investigation by prosecutors.”