Another rape in Okinawa: U.S. Marine arrested

August 4, 2010

Japanese Police Arrest U.S. Marine Suspected Of Sexual Assault In Okinawa

By Yumi Otagaki, Bloomberg News

Japanese police arrested a U.S. Marine for the alleged sexual assault of a woman on the island of Okinawa, where similar incidents in the past have led to protests against the American military presence.

Marine Sergeant Phillip Edward Sawyerr, 28, was taken into custody in the capital of Naha early this morning on suspicion of breaking into the house of a woman in her 20s and sexually assaulting her, police spokesman Motoki Haneji said by phone. The U.S. serviceman has denied the charges, Haneji said, adding that American authorities in Japan had been notified.


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