U.S. forces in Japan have charged a Marine with raping a 14-year-old girl in Okinawa, the Marines said Friday, pressing ahead with a case that spurred protests against the U.S. presence on the island.
A civic group member protests against Hadnott near the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on February 13.
U.S. military charges against Staff Sgt. Tyrone L. Hadnott include rape of a child under 16, abusive sexual conduct, making a false official statement, adultery and “kidnapping through inveigling,” or trickery.
No date was set for the court-martial. The charges were made Monday, but the military did not announce them until Friday.
Japanese police initially apprehended Hadnott in the alleged February 10 attack, but released him after the girl dropped charges. U.S. authorities then investigated the case under the strict military justice code.
Japanese police earlier said Hadnott had admitted to investigators he forced the girl down and kissed her, but that he denied raping her.
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