Investigation into alleged marriage-proposal-for-sex case is expanded
SEOUL — A U.S. Army soldier accused by Korean authorities of promising a woman marriage in return for sex also is the subject of an investigation by U.S. military authorities, according to the 8th U.S. Army public affairs office.
Sgt. Jin-hong Han, a 35-year-old soldier with 2nd Infantry Division Headquarters, was indicted this week by the Uijeongbu prosecutor on charges of adultery and engaging in sexual intercourse under the pretense of marriage, according to Korean authorities. Han was not detained by Korean police, according to both Korean and U.S. officials.
Han, a U.S. citizen, also is the subject of a military police investigation, according to 8th Army spokesman Capt. Kone Faulkner.
No charges have been proffered in the case but the Criminal Investigation Division has forwarded its findings to Han’s commander and the chief judge advocate in South Korea, Faulkner said. Those leaders are waiting for the outcome of the Korean case before taking action on the military case, Faulkner said.
Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, adultery is a crime.
Under Korean law, it’s a crime to use the promise of marriage to coerce a person to have sex. A conviction on that charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail or a fine of 5 million won, or $5,000. Adultery also is a crime in South Korea.
The Korean authorities began investigating Han in October after both his wife and his girlfriend brought complaints about his behavior, according to Faulkner.
Han talked voluntarily to the Korean authorities about the case and U.S. military officials are cooperating in the matter, Faulkner said.