Outside Jongno Police Office in Seoul, Wednesday, Cho mentioned Sohn Seok-hee, a former journalist and CEO of cable news channel JTBC; Yoon Jang-hyeon, a former Gwangju mayor; and Kim Woong, an independent journalist, in his public apology.
The unexpected statement by Cho made many speculate that these three mentioned have some involvement in his crimes. The police quickly dismissed the speculation, saying the three had nothing to do with the sex crimes, briefly adding that the three could be fraud victims of Cho and that the police force was investigating.
Details of fraud involving Sohn was made public the same day, as the CEO released a statement explaining what had happened.
According to the statement, "Cho approached me through Telegram, saying he was running a private detective agency and one of his clients was K, with whom I had a legal fight. He told me that K had paid him to harm me and my family. I asked Cho to send the picture of the bank transaction as a proof and he demanded money for it. I sent the money and Cho never got back to me. I didn't report this to the police because we weren't sure if that could keep us safe. Later I learned that the private detective agency owner was apprehended for making sexual videos and distributing them."
The "K" mentioned in the statement refers to journalist Kim Woong, against whom Sohn filed a criminal complaint for attempted intimidation. Kim's trial is ongoing.
Cho demanded money from Yoon, saying he knew Sohn and could help arrange an interview on JTBC about the case. Yoon sent money and even drove up to Seoul to visit JTBC, according to the police.
The police said the suspect also approached Kim and other independent journalists, demanding money for a scoop involving politicians.
In the Telegram chat room, according to the police, Cho habitually bragged about his relationship with politicians, mentioning Yoon's name.