US Charges Marine With Okinawa Rape

Military does own investigation after Japan drops charges
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 9:32 AM CDT
Some 6,000 people stage a protest rally against an alleged rape in February of a 14-year-old girl by an American serviceman in Okinawa islands, southwestern Japan, Sunday, March 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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(Newser) – The US military has charged a Marine with rape of a child, adultery, and kidnapping after an assault on a 14-year-old girl in Okinawa, CNN reports. Japanese officials had released the Marine earlier this year after the girl, apparently not wanting to be in the public eye, dropped the allegations. But US officials investigated for violations of the military justice code. The incident has infuriated residents of Okinawa.