Two South Korean sisters on student visas charged in sex assault
2 women charged in Toronto sex assaults
Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010 | 2:20 PM ET
Two South Korean sisters are facing charges in a Toronto sex assault case.
Six men have already been accused in the case. Three were charged and released after a bail hearing Friday, while police are still looking for the others.
The two sisters, both in their mid-30s and in Canada on student visas, allegedly joined the men in drugging and assaulting four women in separate incidents across the Greater Toronto Area between the fall of 2009 and last month.
The sisters were each charged with assault, threatening death, administration of a substance and forcible confinement.
They appeared before a judge at Old City Hall Saturday for a bail hearing, but because no interpreter was available, they were held in custody until Monday.
Jacqueline An, the lawyer representing all of the accused, said her clients met the victims through a Toronto-based Korean church.
An said the “outrageous” allegations against her clients were made by other members of the church. An said she has evidence that will clear all their names.
Three of the accused men were granted bail during their brief court appearance Friday.
Hyung Jun Ha, 26, and Sang Cheol Lee, 37, both of Toronto, and Jong Il Lee, 33, of Orangeville, have each been charged with several counts of gang sexual assault, administering a drug for sex, forcible confinement and threatening death. They’re also charged with making child pornography.
All three, arrested between March 11 and March 16, are due back in court next month.
Police have issued Canada-wide warrants for three other men accused in the case: Jin Hyun Kim, 33, Yoon Hyun Cho, 26, and Jung Jay Lee, 26, all of Toronto.