Catherine Jane Umehara (Catherine Fisher) is asking a U.S. court to enforce the results of her civil case in Japan against former Navy officer Bloke Deans for sexual assault back in 2004. A Japanese court ordered Deans to pay Umehara $58,000 in damages.
Her lawyers are asking the court in Milwaukee to enforce the ruling under the Uniform Foreign Money Judgments Recognition Act which recognises foreign rulings based on bilateral agreements between countries, in this case, Japan and the United States. Deans, who has since then left the US Navy and Japan even before the civil case began, now owns several rental properties in Milwaukee. He has always denied the charges and hired legal counsel to fight the ruling. However, earlier this year he was sentenced to probation and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child neglect.
The alleged incident occurred in April 2002. She first met Deans that year at a bar near the US naval base at Yokosuka but was later assaulted in her van. She claims that she was refused medical treatment and was held by the police for 12 hours. She refused to re-enact the incident with a Japanese police officer when she was asked by the police to do so. Deans claimed that the sex was consensual and that she came on to him and threatened to accuse him of rape if he refused to stay with her. He has never been prosecuted for the crime.
Umehara received some compensation from the Japanese Ministry of Defence from a fund especially for victims of crimes committed by U.S military personnel. The Milwaukee court has yet to make a ruling on the case as of the moment.
[ via News.com.au ]
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