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Police to look into sexual assault charges against ex-skating coach

National 10:51 January 18, 2019

SUWON, South Korea, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- Local police in Suwon said Friday they will start a probe into sexual assault allegations against a detained former national short track speed skating coach later in the day.

Cho Jae-beom is currently serving a 10-month sentence at a detention center in Suwon, south of Seoul, for physically assaulting Olympic short track speed skating champion Shim Suk-hee and three other skaters between 2011 and January 2018.

Former national short track speed skating coach Cho Jae-beom (Yonhap)

In mid-December, Shim additionally accused Cho of sexually abusing her between 2014, when she was a junior in high school, and about two months before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics that opened in February last year. Cho strongly denies the allegations.

The investigation will be made based on Shim's complaint and testimony, and materials that have been secured from Shim's cellphone and Cho's cellphone and tablet PC, the police said.

Shim is a two-time Olympian with four medals -- two gold, one silver and one bronze.

Shim Suk-hee is shown in this file photo from Dec. 17, 2018, when she testified in court against her former coach Cho Jae-beom. (Yonhap)


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