July 8, 2001 |
An Okinawan judge gave prosecutors 10 days to file charges against a detained U.S. serviceman accused of raping a Japanese woman on the southern island. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy B. Woodland was turned over to Japanese authorities and arrested Friday after an agreement with U.S. officials, who sought guarantees that his rights would be protected. Woodland, 24, has denied the allegations.
January 25, 1998 |
Three more college rugby players, one a Teikyo University student, were arrested in the alleged gang rape of a woman during a party at a karaoke room. Earlier last week, police arrested five members of the university's rugby club on charges of raping the woman in November. The alleged victim is a 19-year-old office worker who had been invited to a party with the rugby players.
April 3, 1997 |
An American sailor is under arrest at the headquarters base of the U.S. Navy in Japan on suspicion of beating and sexually assaulting his Japanese girlfriend in his quarters, police said today. A police spokesman said the incident at Yokosuka Naval Base on the outskirts of Tokyo did not appear to involve rape and happened during an argument between the pair. No formal charges had yet been filed.
March 14, 1996 |
Two of the three U.S. servicemen jailed last week in the rape of an Okinawan schoolgirl appealed their sentences, a court spokesman said. Marine Pfcs. Rodrico Harp, 21, of Griffin, Ga., and Kendrick Ledet, 20, of Waycross, Ga., appealed their respective seven- and 6 1/2-year sentences for the abduction and assault of the 12-year-old girl Sept. 4. Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, 23, of Woodville, Texas, who was sentenced to seven years, has so far not appealed.
March 7, 1996 |
In a case that triggered national outrage over American military bases in Japan, three U.S. servicemen were found guilty today in the vicious beating and rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl. The three defendants--Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, 22, and Marine Pfcs. Rodrico Harp, 21, and Kendrick Ledet, 20, stared straight ahead without expressing emotion as the verdict was read, courtroom observers said.
January 30, 1996 |
In final hearings Monday, prosecutors demanded a harsh sentence for the three U.S. servicemen accused of raping a 12-year-old Japanese girl. They asked for 10 years' imprisonment with hard labor--equivalent to the harshest sentence ever handed down for this type of crime by a Japanese court. Last fall's rape of the schoolgirl in Okinawa sparked a national uproar here. The girl was abducted on the way home from a store on the evening of Sept.