AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Jenkins was a 24-year-old sergeant when he crossed the border into North Korea. He stayed for 39 years, appearing in propaganda films and teaching English. In 1980, he married a Japanese woman who had been kidnapped and taken to North Korea to train spies in Japanese language and culture. She was released in 2002 and Jenkins followed two years later, surrendering to U.S. authorities and serving a month in jail for desertion. The couple now live in Japan. Jenkins told “60 Minutes” that his government handlers assigned him a Korean woman with whom he was supposed to have sex twice a month, and they beat him severely when he balked. RALEIGH, N.C. – A U.S. Army deserter who spent decades in North Korea says his communist keepers abused him and controlled every aspect of his life, down to telling him how often to have sex. “It was the worst mistake anyone ever made,” Charles Jenkins said. “In words, I cannot express the feelings I have towards North Korea, the harassment I got, the hard life.” In an interview airing Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes, Jenkins said he was given no painkillers when a tattoo on his forearm that read “U.S. Army” was cut off with a scalpel and scissors. “They told me the anesthetic was for the battlefield,” said Jenkins, a North Carolina native. “It was hell.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!