Taiwan Buddhist monk jailed for public masturbation

Mosnter and Critics, Jul 1, 2008

Taipei, Taiwan -- A Taiwan Buddhist monk has been sentenced to 80 days in jail for masturbating in public, a newspaper said Tuesday.

Chen Poh-ming, 42, masturbated in front of a female guide on February 16 while visiting the Paper Museum in Puli, central Taiwan, the United Daily News reported. He performed the lewd act while wearing a yellow monk's robe.

The shocked guide alerted police, who turned him over for prosecution.

Chen was released on bail later in the day, but as he was riding a bus home, he masturbated in front of a woman passenger. The driver drove the bus to a police station, and Chen was arrested again.

On Monday, the Nantou County District Court sentenced Chen to 80 days in jail on charges of offenses against morals.