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Gwinnett couple accused of molesting exchange students

Police: Students forced to strip, touch one another

A Gwinnett County couple is in jail after allegations that molested a group of Korean exchange students living with them.

The couple is accused of giving the six teens alcohol and forcing them to strip and touch one another, police said.

Woo Yi, 41, and his wife Hyun Yi, 42, were each charged with two counts of child molestation and six counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, authorities said.

The couple was keeping the Korean national students, both male and female between the ages of 15 and 18, at their home in the 3800 block of Regal Oaks Drive near Suwanee, police said.

The parents of the six children had paid Woo Yi more than $15,000 each to host the children so they could attend local high schools, police said. The students attended different schools in Gwinnett County, authorities said.

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On Wednesday, one of the teens complained to a school employee of abuse at their host home, police said.

The victims told school officials, and eventually detectives, that their host family would provide them with alcohol and have them play games, Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

“The losers would be required to remove an item of clothing,” Smith said. “After the victims were naked, Woo Yi would order them to kiss and touch each other.”

Investigators said this happened four or more times, Smith said.

Hyun Yi and Woo Yi are being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, according to jail records.

Smith said the teens have been placed in temporary homes at the request of their parents.

The investigation is ongoing.

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