Prosecutor Calls for Strict Punishment To Cult Leader for Abuse!

South Korean Prosecutor-General Lee One-seok has urged for harsh punishment of cult leader Jeong. Jeong was apprehended in October 2022 on charges of abuse, and has since been held in jail. After a briefing from the Daejeon District Prosecutors’ Office on Monday, Lee emphasized the necessity to protect and assist victims impacted by Jeong’s actions.

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In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal

Lee’s request addressed following Netflix release of ‘In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal’, a documentary depicting Jeong as one of its key subjects. The docu-series, containing 8 episodes in total, focuses on 4 Korean prophets who are leaders of cult-like religious organizations in South Korea.

According to an ABC Australia investigation in 2017, Jeong Myeong-seok (JSM), established back in 1978 in South Korea and grew with its branch opening in Australia in 1997, targeted mostly tall and attractive women for recruiting as his allegedly spiritual wives.

Jeong Myeong-Seok

Jeong Myeong-seok fled to South Korea in the 1990s after being accused of rape and got arrested in 2008. He reportedly forced members to cut off ties with their families and live in a communal home where they were encouraged to engage in ‘purifying’ sexual intercourse with him.

Threats to Peter Daley, Insider

Peter Daley, provided more insight to ABC Australia in 2017 as following.

The church seemed to really put importance in beautiful women. The leader wasn’t there… but his brother was there and he was surrounded by an entourage of women that looked like they had just stepped out of a magazine. I thought this is strange for a church to focus on.

More over, he also shared a video showing five women chanting ‘teacher we love you’ as they dance. Another scene shows a women lick the picture of this cult leader before put it on her secret part.

Jeong finally end up in Jail in October 2022 for ‘Quasi Rape’ of two followers from Hong Kong and Australia.

Victim Confession

One of the victims, identified as Olivia, ex-member of the cult in Melbourne, told that the cult leader sexually assaulted her when she visited their headquarters in Chungnam.

She revealed that she was 27 while Jeong was 73 when he sexually assaulted her. She said Jeong purposefully touch her sexually three times during a church funded trip.

In addition, she was also made to undress in front of him and wear the outfit he provided while he touching her genitalia.

“[They] told me that this is my blessing, he [Jeong] is my spiritual husband, then he’s my physical husband, so why can’t he do that [sexual acts]? That’s what a normal wife and husband do, I should feel blessed and thankful.”

More over, Olivia also shared two other incidents where the victim was given pair of pajamas and as she trying to put them on, he knelt and kissed her sexual part.

Sum Up

Following the release of a Netflix documentary exposing the true story of four South Korean cult leaders, Jung Myung-seok’s Jesus Morning Star (JMS) movement, Prosecutor-General Lee One-seok has called for stern punishment for Jung.

Jung was previously convicted for sexually assaulting JMS followers and has been indicted again for sexually assaulting followers from Hong Kong and Australia. 

Despite JSM’s attempt to obtain an injunction from the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office to stop the Netflix series, the request was quickly denied. The documentary series is currently trending as number one on Netflix in South Korea.

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