- CRIME ＆ COURTS
U.S. Marine indicted on sexual assault charges
17:45 JST, April 19, 2022
NAHA (Jiji Press) — Japanese public prosecutors have indicted a U.S. Marine for allegedly injuring an adult woman while attempting to rape her in Okinawa Prefecture, it was learned Monday.
According to the indictment, filed in December last year, Jordan Begaye, 22, allegedly assaulted the woman in October the same year. The Naha District Public Prosecutors Office has not revealed whether Begaye has admitted to the charges.
The incident occurred outside a U.S. military facility, Okinawa prefectural police sources said. Police arrived at the scene after receiving a report by a resident of the neighborhood that a woman was calling for help, but the suspect had already fled the scene.
The Okinawa police were able to identify Begaye as the suspect with cooperation from the U.S. military’s investigative authorities.
Under the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, the U.S. side is allowed to detain U.S. military personnel and others over crimes committed while not on official business until the Japanese side files charges, if the U.S. side takes them into custody first.
On the recent case, the U.S. side accepted the Okinawa police’s request to question Begaye while he was in U.S. custody. The police then sent papers on him to the prosecutors. The suspect is now in Japanese custody, according to Japanese government sources.
As the reason for having made no announcement on the case, the Okinawa police said that they considered the victim’s privacy.
Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on the same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said that the incident was “unacceptable,” as it caused great concern among local residents.
“The U.S. side is also taking the matter seriously,” the top government spokesman said. “It is our understanding that [the U.S. side] provided [Japanese authorities] with sufficient cooperation during the investigation.”
The Foreign Ministry has urged the U.S. side to strengthen discipline among troops stationed in the Asian nation and to implement preventative measures.
"SOCIETY" POPULAR ARTICLE
AI-generated Child Porn Floods Japan-based Website (Update 1)
Bears Sighted in Tokyo Suburbs, Including near Mt. Takao (Update 1)
Tokyo Dips below 10 C; Temperatures Fall in Japan
Junko Ohashi, singer of ‘Silhouette Romance,’ dies at 73
X Japan Bassist Heath Dies at 55; Yoshiki Thought to Have Returned to Japan for Him
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Exports of Nishikigoi Carp to China Halted; Permits for Japanese Aquaculture Facilities By China Have Expired
- Japan April-Sept. Current Account Surplus Hits Record High
- Food, Beverage Price Hikes Show Signs of Easing; Fuel Prices, Consumer Frugality Slowing Down Price Rises
- Japan 2023 Food Exports Reach 1 Tril. Yen at Record Pace
- 69.7 Bil. Yen in COVID-19 Loans to Small Businesses Uncollectible