Man under house arrest for attacking girl at IU violin camp | Indiana News

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) – A 19-year-old man was sentenced to eight years of house arrest after pleading guilty to assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2019 while attending a violin camp in the Indiana University.

Dongwook Ko, who was 17 at the time of the attack, was also sentenced Wednesday by a Monroe County judge to two years of probation and a ban on contacting the victim.

Ko, who pleaded guilty in July to criminal detention while armed with a deadly weapon, must also receive psychological treatment.

The girl’s mother said in a statement that she was disappointed Ko was not sentenced to jail, saying her daughter was denied justice, The Herald-Times reported.

The freedom to watch Netflix in a posh house in South Bloomington is not part of a punishment parents expect when their 13-year-old daughter is strangled, beaten, stabbed and slashed more than a dozen times in a premeditated crime, ”she said. noted.

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Prosecutors said the girl was playing her violin on her own in a rehearsal room in Merrill Hall during IU’s Summer String Academy when Ko, whom she knew from camp the previous summer, lured her into saying the academy director wanted to see her.

The young girl said Ko forced her into a locker room where she feared for her life as he held a pocket knife blade to her throat. She suffered cuts to her hands, arms and legs before knocking Ko to the ground. An UI employee who heard her screams arrested Ko and she ran away.

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