Ga. exchange students claim molestation

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 12:06 PM
Last updated 6:36 PM
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SUWANEE, Ga. — A Suwanee couple is accused of molesting Korean exchange students living with them.

Gwinnett County police said they began an investigation after a student complained to a school employee. Police said they have charged Woo Ki Yi and his wife, Hyun Ju Yi, with two counts of child molestation and six counts of furnishing alcohol to minors.

Police Cpl. Jake Smith told reporters Friday that the six students were males and females ages 15 to 18. He said families paid $15,000 to $20,000 each for their children to live with the couple and attend school in Georgia. He said the students reported the couple gave them alcohol and had them play games that required the losers to remove an article of clothing until they were naked.

“The male subject in particular would encourage and coerce these kids into kissing and making out and touching each other as well, presumably for the enjoyment of him and his wife,” Smith said.

The couple could not be reached for comment because they are being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.

Smith said the students have been placed in temporary homes at the request of their parents.

A neighbor, Marissa Baker, told WAGA-TV that she did didn’t know there was a problem until she saw the students outside with their suitcases. She said parents had trusted the couple to provide a safe environment. “That was not a safe environment,” she said Friday.

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Dixieman 09/14/13 - 12:34 pm

This is certainly a learning experience about the worst of American culture. Poor kids!

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/14/13 - 01:54 pm
One From Six

There were six students, and only one complained. Maybe the other five enjoyed the games.

anotherlook 09/14/13 - 04:59 pm
Not necessarily so LL...

Imagine being a teenager, alone in a foreign country, with a different culture, few if any friends, possible language barriers, and knowing how much your parents sacrificed in order for you to have this extraordinary experience. Is it just me? Am I misunderstanding something? Would asking for help bring dishonor or shame to my family? Who can I go to for help? Will anyone believe me? Surely these families were vetted by the agency that made this exchange possible. Will people think I am a ungrateful, or doing this because I am homesick or because I am a trouble maker? Even in situations in which the victim was born and raised here and lived with their family of origin, the truth may not come out until years later. There are so many variables to consider that I just don't think that we can view the silence of the victims as approval or acquiescence. Like many victims of abuse, one's silence may indicate a level of fear of reprisal. Without forensic interviews, we may never know.

Riverman1 09/14/13 - 06:40 pm
Hard to say from the info

It’s hard to say from the info. HOW OLD were they? Lots of college girls and professors could be in jail. Giving alcohol to anyone under 21 would be a crime. Remember Joe Neal Jr. with the 18 year old girl?

historylover 09/15/13 - 08:00 am

Joe Neal should have been put in jail too. 18 is underage, whether we think they look and act like adults or not.

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