Released Child Rapist Won’t Return to Old Home – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea | #predators | #childpredators | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

Child rapists Cho Doo-soon, who is set for release from prison on Dec. 13, will not be able to return to his old home in Ansan south of Seoul after all. Instead, Cho will move to another part of the city.

The threat of his return home had already prompted his victim’s family, who live nearby, to move.

According to Ansan city officials on Thursday, Cho’s wife recently reported to local officials that she is moving out of their rented apartment. But their new home is only about a kilometer away, so the decision may prove cold comfort for the victim’s family.

A Gyeonggi Province police spokesman said, “We will closely inspect the surroundings of Cho’s new neighborhood and consult Ansan city officials to see if the existing crime-prevention equipment needs to be bolstered or relocated.”

“The new neighborhood is not far from the old one and is under the jurisdiction of the same police station, so we don’t anticipate any complications.”

Police officers check an emergency alert button in a public restroom in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province on Nov. 13. /Yonhap
Cho’s wife continued to live in their home after her husband brutally raped and mutilated a 12-year-old girl back in 2008. She apparently decided to move when the apartment became the focus of massive media attention and neighbors complained.

Cho will be closely monitored once he leaves jail, from CCTV surveillance to a special police guard post near his home. Police had already set up 14 additional CCTV cameras near the old apartment and were planning to install 19 more.

Ansan is already under heavy surveillance with no fewer than 3,622 CCTV cameras, and police hope to double that by the end of next year, starting with hundreds of blind spots.

The city also plans to hire six security guards who will patrol Cho’s neighborhood and other spots around the clock. The government and ruling Minjoo Party are seeking to revise existing laws to lock sexual predators in special facilities for up to another 10 years after they are released from prison, but the law will not be retroactive.

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