Prosecutors sought a heavy sentence in an appeal by Kim Joon-ki, former chairman of the Dongbu Group (currently DB Group), who was sentenced to a suspended prison term in the first trial for sexually assaulting a housekeeper and molesting a secretary.
Prosecutors demanded a five-year prison term as they did in the first trial of the Seoul Central District Court on Jan. 19.
Earlier, in the first trial they sentenced former Chairman Kim to two and a half years in prison and four years of probation, and ordered the completion of 40 hours of lectures on sexual violence treatment and restrictions on employment.
The prosecution said, "The defendant continues to commit crimes against the victims for a considerable period of time, and the number of times is dozens of times. It seems that the victims must have felt considerable mental pain, and it is questionable whether the defendant truly reflects on it."
In response, former Chairman Kim said, "I deeply regret and reflect on what hurt the victims with wrong judgments and actions. If I have the last chance, I will do my best to contribute to the national economy by using my experience and know-how." The date for Kim's appeal will be held on Feb. 18.