Man apologizes for panty thefts from dorms

Nov. 8, 2005 at 11:41 PM

MCMINNVILLE, Ore., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An Oregon man apologized to his victims as he was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing panties from women's college dorm rooms.

A judge in Yamhill County also ordered Sung Koo Kim to undergo 18 months of mental health treatment once he is released from prison, the Oregonian reported. His legal troubles are not over, since he faces similar charges in three other counties.

Kim pleaded guilty last week to nine counts of burglary from dorms at George Fox University and Linfield College.

In a statement, Kim called his actions "shortsighted, selfish, abnormal" and blamed them on loneliness and depression.

"It was never my intention to scare or instill a sense of insecurity in them. I want to reassure them that I pose absolutely no threat or danger to them or the community," he said.

A prosecutor read statements from two of the victims saying that they were too scared to come into the courtroom.

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