“KBS Hidden Camera” Comedian Park Dae Seung Files an Appeal Against His Two-Year Prison Sentence

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Park Dae Seung, a 20-year-old comedian who has been sentenced to two years in prison in the first trial for installing hidden cameras in women’s restrooms, will be on an appellate court.

According to a media outlet, law firm Jiju, which is acting as Park Dae Seung’s legal representative, submitted an appeal to the Criminal Justice Department 13 of the Seoul Southern District Court on October 22. The prosecutor’s office also filed an appeal on the same day.

Earlier, Park was arrested and indicted on charges of sneaking into the bathrooms and locker rooms of KBS Research Center from October 2018 to May this year and taking pictures of the victims using hidden cameras.

According to the prosecution, Park is suspected of having filmed or attempted to take pictures of victims in the restrooms or locker rooms 32 times until April this year, including personally taking the pictures by raising his hand over the partition in a bathroom in the KBS building in October 2018. He also committed the same crime 15 times from May 27 to 29 and is suspected of possessing seven of the footage.

The prosecution demanded a five-year prison term for Park. Admitting to all the charges, Park appealed for leniency, saying, “I will faithfully receive psychiatric treatment or education to prevent recurrence, do volunteer work in the future and live a life devoted to others.”

The first trial sentenced Park to two years in prison. They also ordered 40 hours of sexual violence treatment programs and restrictions on employment at child and youth-related institutions.

The court explained that the prison sentence is inevitable as the victims are still suffering mental pain, such as being afraid to change their clothes or go to the bathroom in their daily lives, and are petitioning for severe punishment. However, they added, “The fact that he did not circulate the footage, that he turned himself in and reflected on himself, and that he received forgiveness from some of the victims were considered as extenuating circumstances.”

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