November 28, 1995 in Nation/World

Japanese Police Check New Allegations Of Rape By Gi

Associated Press

Two months after the rape of a girl by a U.S. serviceman set off a string of protests against the American military, police said Monday they are investigating allegations of another rape by an American.

U.S. military officials and police on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa said a woman reported she was attacked Saturday. But they said details were scarce and police had not decided whether to seek charges.

Col. Stuart Wagner, spokesman for the U.S. Marines on Okinawa, said the woman initially reported the rape to military police at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The case was turned over to Japanese authorities because the alleged incident occurred off base, he said.

A senior police official in nearby Ginowan said police were questioning the woman and also looking for possible corroborating witnesses.

Wagner said that though the woman claimed her assailant was an American, there was no evidence he was in the military.

The rape of the 12-year-old girl in September, in which two Marines and a sailor have been charged, has touched off emotional protests against the heavy presence of U.S. troops on Okinawa.

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