(ERRATUM: The title has been updated to show that the rape victim may not be of Japanese descent, where it previously claimed that she was. The article clearly does not show information on the nationality of the victim. Our apologies for that mistake.)
Fears of the Japanese public that the existence of U.S. bases in their country increases crime rate may not be unfounded after all. An American teen living in a military base in Japan has been taken into custody after authorities discovered he raped his classmate while his friends watch and recorded the whole thing on video.
18-year old Ricky Sherwood is currently residing at the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa with his uncle. According to initial investigations, Sherwood invited the 17-year old girl, who also lives in the base, along with some of his classmates to his house on February 11. While there, she said she was given two cups of alcohol to drink and she blacked out afterwards. She only regained her consciousness when paramedics were attending to her hours later after she was found unconscious in a park. When they took her to the hospital, her intoxication level was 0208 percent. Witnesses said she was unconsciousness the whole time Sherwood was doing the act. In the video, one of his friends even called out and said, “she looks like she’s gonna die” but Sherwood ignored him and continued. He then placed her in a chair, put him in the car afterwards and proceeded to dump her in the park.
Sherwood, who was in the base as his uncle has legal custody of him while his mother resides in Mexico, has admitted to the crime. The senior high school student and part-time lifeguard at the base has already been arraigned by a judge from the United States. Jurisdiction over his case falls under the U.S. because he is an employee there. While he will soon be deported to face charges in his own country, the incident has brought to surface the public’s concern on high crime rate related to the existence of the bases.
[via Daily Mail]
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