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Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

U.S. forces hit with curfew over rape


Staff writer

Following the arrests this week of two sailors in the alleged rape of a woman in Okinawa, the U.S. military vowed Friday to impose preventative steps, including a curfew and retraining programs.

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Crisis mode: U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos faces reporters Friday at the U.S. Embassy to announce a curfew for all military personnel in Japan. AFP-JIJI

The measures were announced at a joint news conference held by U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos and Lt. Gen Salvatore Angelella, the commander of U.S. Forces, Japan, at the embassy in Tokyo.

Angelella said the curfew — 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. — would start immediately and cover all U.S. military personnel in Japan, including those on temporary assignment or who are transiting to another country. The duration of the curfew is open-ended.

Angelella also said core value retraining for military and civilians will be conducted by subordinate commanders.

Roos repeated in unusually stern terms that the U.S. government and military will cooperate with the probe by Japanese authorities, and that he shares the anger of Okinawa residents.

"I have a 25-year-old daughter myself, so this is very personal to me," Roos said in tears.

The preventative measures came three days after the alleged rape by two U.S. sailors.

The suspects were identified as Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, based at Joint Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Texas. They allegedly attacked the woman, who is in her 20s, Tuesday in the city of Okinawa.

While Dozierwalker has reportedly confessed, Browning has denied the allegations. Police Thursday reportedly found some of the victim's belongings in their hotel room.



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