Soldier fined for lewd act on South Korean subway
May 17, 2006
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A South Korean court has ordered a U.S. soldier to pay a fine of more than $1,000 for allegedly exposing himself last February aboard a subway train in Gwangju, authorities said Monday.
The February incident led senior leaders from the soldier’s battalion to visit the Gwangju mayor and apologize for the Feb. 5 incident.
Pfc. Joseph B. Freydenfeldt of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, drew the sentence from Gwangju District Court on May 4 and was given one month to pay, a court official said. The court fined him 1 million South Korean won, or $1,077.
Freydenfeldt and two other soldiers involved in the incident also have been punished by their unit under Article 15 of U.S. military law, a spokeswoman for 8th U.S. Army in Seoul said Monday.
Gwangju police said Freydenfeldt exposed himself while the other two laughed, made sexually explicit motions and took digital pictures as Freydenfeldt sat next to a female passenger.
Police identified the two as Spc. Brandon M. Dougherty and Pfc. Joseph L. Segura, both also of Battery B. Police questioned the three Feb. 9 at a local police station. The same day, 2nd Battalion commander Lt. Col. Marcus C. Black and the battalion’s Command Sgt. Maj. Lewis J. Telly met with the Gwangju mayor and apologized for the incident.
South Korean prosecutors later said they would not pursue a case against the other two soldiers. The battery, part of a U.S. Army Patriot missile brigade, is based at Gwangju Air Base, a South Korean air force installation.