S. Korean cult pastor jailed 15 years for raping followers

South Korean pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. The South Korean cult leader was convicted on November 22 of the multiple rape of eight female followers - some of whom believed he was God - and jailed for 15 years. PHOTO | JUNG YEON-JE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Pastor Lee Jaerock's victims were "unable to resist as they were subject to the accused's absolute religious authority".

  • Religious devotion is widespread in technologically advanced South Korea, with 44 percent of people identifying themselves as believers.

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