The alleged sexual assault, the latest incident in Okinawa involving US troops, has drawn a string of complaints and protests in Japan , forcing the US military to impose a curfew on all American soldiers in the military prefecture.
Prior to the incident involving the Filipina, a 14-year-old Japanese schoolgirl was allegedly raped by 38-year-old Marine staff sergeant Tyrone Luther Hadnott in a parked car. The soldier has denied the accusation but has admitted to forcibly kissing the girl. He has not been charged. Reports said Hardnott met the girl on a Sunday and offered to drive her home. Instead of taking her home, the soldier purportedly drove her to his house where the alleged rape took place.
Visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has already expressed "deep regret" over the alleged rape of the Okinawa schoolgirl and assured the Japanese government that they will prevent a repeat of the incident, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on Thursday.In view of the accusations hurled against the US troops in Okinawa, Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Wright, commander of the US Forces in Japan led a "Day of Reflection" last Friday on all US soldiers in the southern military prefecture. GMANews.TV