US soldier jailed for rape in South Korea

November 1st, 2011 - 11:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) A South Korean court Tuesday sentenced a US soldier to 10 years in prison for raping an 18-year-old South Korean girl in September, CNN reported.

The Uijeongbu district court handed down the sentence about a month after the rape occurred in Dongducheon, where the US Army’s 2nd Infantry Division is based.

The soldier will be required to complete 80 hours of education on sexual violence, and his personal record will be available to the public for the next 10 years, said Yonhap news agency.

The soldier broke into the teenager’s home and raped her numerous times in a “sadistic” fashion, the court said as part of its ruling statement.

The US Army has apologised to the victim, saying: “Our sincere apologies go out again to the victim, her family and the Korean community. The Republic of Korea executed jurisdiction, requested custody, tried, convicted and sentenced the soldier for his crime inside the Korean justice system, and he will now serve his sentence in a Korean prison.”

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