One-star general indicted for sexual harassment
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Military prosecutors indicted a one-star general on charges of sexually harassing a female military officer, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.
February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Military High Court prosecutors indicted Major General Yang Wen-cheng (楊文鎮) on the charges last December, military spokesman Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) told local media yesterday.
Yang, who was chief of Reserve Command's Northern Region, has been removed from his post since then, Luo added, but refused to disclose further details on the case.
The military spokesman made the comments in response to local media reports yesterday that prosecutors have found evidence to support the allegations against Yang.
Prosecutors said they found that from August, 2012 the married 53-year-old general had brought a female military officer with him whenever he went on public trips in central and southern parts of the country.
Other military personnel at his base had seen Yang holding the same officer's hand when he traveled on public transport, reports quoted unidentified prosecutors as saying.
On four separate occasions Yang was seen putting his hand on the woman's leg and into her underwear at the military base, reports said.
The general is facing a maximum of 20 years in jail, according to prosecutors.
Yang is the younger brother of ruling Kuomintang Legislator Yang Li-huan (楊麗環).