S. Korean official fired in groping case

Yoon Chang-Jung  has left Washington.
Yoon Chang-Jung has left Washington.

SEOUL, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye of South Korea has fired her spokesman for committing an ‘‘unsavory’’ act while he was traveling with her on her state visit to Washington, her office announced Friday, after South Korean media reported an allegation that the official sexually groped a young woman.

The firing of the spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, was announced after Yoon abruptly broke off from the presidential delegation visiting Washington and returned home earlier this week.

The whereabouts of Yoon, 56, have not been known since his return. Lee Nam-ki, Park’s senior presidential press secretary and Yoon’s immediate supervisor, said that the spokesman was fired for an ‘‘unsavory act that was inappropriate for a high-ranking government official and damaged the national prestige.’’


South Korean journalists reported that Yoon was accused of unwanted sexual contact of a woman hired as an intern at the South Korean Embassy in Washington.