Teacher deported for a previous crime…

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The crackdown on teachers is growing intense this past year+ An article describing how the

Past crimes cause teacher to be deported

November 08, 2007 (original here: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2882492)

For the first time in Korea, an English teacher has been deported for a crime he committed before coming here, the Justice Ministry announced yesterday.

An American whose name was not released was deported, the Justice Ministry said, after a previous conviction in Los Angeles of possessing and distributing child pornography was uncovered.

The 55-year-old had been on a watch list of sex offenders in the United States. He entered Korea on Oct. 24 to teach in Changwon, South Gyeongsang, with a valid E-2 visa.

Shortly after his arrival, the ministry received information about the man’s criminal history, but it did not reveal how.
The government announced recently that starting in December, all foreign teachers applying for a teaching visa must submit their criminal and health records.

That follows the arrest of an alleged pedophile, Christopher Paul Neil, who is now in the hands of Thai authorities. Neil taught in Korea for a total of about four years and fled to Thailand after he became a suspect.

Currently, 17,020 native English speakers are working as language teachers in Korea on E-2 visas, according to data from the ministry.

Through August of this year, 100 teachers were caught on visa violations or felonies committed in Korea. Eighteen were deported, but 82 were allowed to remain here.

By Lee Sang-eon JoongAng Ilbo [yhwang@joongang.co.kr]

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