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Sex offenders in schools, military to be barred from posts

All Headlines 14:35 March 02, 2016

SEOUL, March 2 (Yonhap) -- Military leaders and teachers who commit sex crimes will be banned from holding their positions again, the government said Wednesday, in line with its effort to toughen the punishment for sexual offenses in the military and schools.

Commissioned officers and soldiers above the sergeant level who are dismissed from their positions or receive disciplinary measures two times for sex-related crimes will be permanently barred from holding those posts, according to the Ministry of Personnel Management.

Also, the ministry said teachers and aspiring teachers who commit sex crimes against minors will be dismissed from schools or restricted from holding similar positions.

There has been a recent surge in the number of sex crimes committed by teachers and faculty members against students and senior military officers against subordinates.

The number of sex offenses involving those in superior positions jumped more than twofold from 140 in 2010 to 283 in 2014, according to police data.

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