Monday, November 29

Social worker convicted of swearing at a child for making a statement against the police

Director of a childcare facility, social worker swearing at 5-year-old and 14-year-old children
Fine of 3 million won each, probation of imprisonment

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A child care center director and social worker who has been on trial for child abuse has been found guilty. The 2nd part of the Supreme Court (Chief Justice Min Yu-suk) announced on the 26th that it had confirmed the lower court that sentenced Mr. A and others accused of violating the Act on Special Cases concerning the Punishment of Child Abuse Crimes (child abuse by child welfare facility workers, etc.). A, the director of a childcare facility in Daegu, called a 5-year-old child several times in September 2019. When the child entered the dining room without answering, Mr. A was angry and grabbed the child’s waistband from behind and lifted the child into the air. Mr. A, carrying the child, went out of the restaurant about 10 meters away and admonished the child by standing barefoot on a granite or cement floor for a considerable amount of time. B, a social worker at this facility, was angry at the fact that the 14-year-old child was moved to another facility in July 2019, but he did not say his final goodbye. In November 2019, because of this incident, another 17-year-old student was questioned by the police as a witness and made a statement against him. “You ruined my life, so I will ruin yours too,” he said. A and B were brought to trial on charges of child abuse. A person under the age of 18 is considered a child under the Act on Special Cases. In January, the first trial sentenced A to a fine of 3 million won and ordered him to complete 40 hours of a child abuse treatment program. B was sentenced to 8 months in prison and 2 years of probation, and was ordered to complete 40 hours of a child abuse treatment program and be restricted from employment at child-related institutions for 3 years. The childcare facility was fined 7 million won. The first trial judged that Mr. A’s behavior “corresponds to emotional abuse that harms the victim’s mental health and development”, and regarding Mr. B’s behavior, “For the purpose of retaliating for statements related to criminal investigations, The fact that the abuse was committed is fully acknowledged,” he said. The 2nd and 1st instance judgments were maintained. The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court, saying, “There is no mistake in misunderstanding the legal principles regarding emotional abuse and justifiable acts against children.” By Jeon Kwang-jun, staff reporter [email protected]

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