Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Here is a brief look back at the U.S. troops' notorious rapes in Okinawa in the past two decades:

" In November 2012, Japanese prosecutors indicted two U.S. sailors on charges of alleged raping and injuring a Japanese woman in Okinawa the previous month.
The two U.S. sailors were seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23 and from Fort Worth Naval Air Base in Texas. They are accused of having raped a Japanese woman in her 20s and injured her neck.
-- In February 2008, a U.S. staff sergeant at Camp Courtney base was arrested after being accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Okinawa.
Tyrone Hadnott, 38, was arrested on Feb. 11 on suspicion of raping the girl at previous night inside a car parked on a street in the town of Chatan. Hadnott admitted touching the girl's body and kissing her by force, but denied the charge of raping throughout detention.
He was later released as the girl dropped accusation, but the Marine Corps conducted its own investigation, charging Hadnott with crimes including rape, making a false official statement and kidnapping.
In December 2002, the police department of Okinawa issued an arrest warrant against U.S. Marine Corps Major Michael Brown, who was accused of attempted rape and damaging private articles, but the U.S. side refused to hand him over to the police.
-- On Sept. 4, 1995, three U.S. servicemen, namely Marines Rodrico Harp, Kendrick Ledet and Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, who were all African American serving at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, were convicted of the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old elementary schoolgirl.
Gill pleaded guilty to the rape, while the other two pleaded guilty to conspiracy. The three, who served prison terms in Japanese prisons, were released in 2003 and then given dishonorable discharges from the U.S. military."