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'Tamkang Rapist' to leave jail in Aug., undergo treatment

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan Shihlin District Court yesterday ruled that Tseng Shu-cheng (曾樹城), also known as the "Tamkang University Rapist" (淡江之狼), must undergo compulsory treatment after he completes his prison term on Aug. 5.

The Shi-Lin District Prosecutors Office said that the Taipei Prison had conducted a series of mental examination on Tseng and determined that Tseng has the potential to recommit sexual assault offenses after he leaves prison. In light of this, the prosecutors asked the court to require Tseng to undergo compulsory treatment.

According to the Criminal Code, a compulsory treatment states that a person shall stay in a specific medical center for treatment, and during the period of compulsory treatment, an appraisal and evaluation shall be performed annually until it is deemed that the danger of recommitting the offense has been significantly reduced. Only at this point will treatment cease.

In 1998, there were a string of sexual assaults and robberies involving female college students near Tamkang University in Tamsui. Police later arrested Tseng in May 1999. Police learnt that Tseng was a student of Tamkang University. Police found the underwear of victims and the ropes he used to tie up the victims at his house.

Prosecutors said Tseng spied on the victims using binoculars, choosing victims who lived alone. He broke into their houses through windows and sexually assaulted them. Prosecutors added that Tseng took photographs of his victims and wrote down their names as well as the date of his assault as a form of trophy.

Taiwan High Court in 2003 sentenced Tseng to a total of 15 years in prison. The court required that he undergo compulsory treatment before entering prison. Tseng entered prison in 2005. During his sentence, Tseng's prison time was shortened.

The Criminal Code was amended in 2006 to state that anyone who is deemed to have a high possibility of sexual assault recidivism should undergo compulsory treatment after fulfilling his or her prison time. The regulation is non-retroactive, and came into effect after Tseng was sentenced.

The Legislative Yuan, however, amended the regulation in 2011 October to make it retroactive after a junior high school female student surnamed Yeh was raped and murdered that year. The incident was committed by Lin Kuo-cheng (林國政), who was on parole, having left prison just a month before committing the crime.

The Supreme Court last month sentenced Lin to life imprisonment. The sentence cannot be appealed.

Taipei Prison in February held a meeting and determined that Tseng is likely to recommit sexual offenses after completing his sentence, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said they will send Tseng to a medical center for the compulsory treatment immediately after he leaves prison in August, and will not give him a chance to "wander around in the city."

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