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Neighbors to be given detailed information on sex offender

All Headlines 17:33 June 20, 2011

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- The Justice Ministry said Monday that neighbors of a sex offender will be given detailed information, including the exact location of his home, for the first time since a public disclosure rule was implemented in April.

The ministry said that on Tuesday it will mail the personal information of the 37-year-old man convicted of rape to all families with children under 19 years old living in the offender's neighborhood on the outskirts of Seoul. The rapist was sentenced to a suspended jail term last month, and the court also ordered that his personal information be open to the public for three years.

The revised anti-sex crime law, which came into effect on April 16, calls for the notification of detailed information of convicted sex offenders, including their full name, age, address with house numbers and photo, to better protect children from sexual violence.

The law also requires the authorities to disclose the information online without the offenders' exact addresses for up to 10 years.

The ministry said those who illegally reveal the offenders' information or use it against the law would face up to five years in prison or up to 50 million won (US$46,000) in fines.

"The disclosure will contribute to curbing and preventing sex crimes," said Gang Ho-sung, director of the Probation and Parole Division at the Ministry of Justice.

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