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U.S. Soldiers, Accused of Rape in Italy, Hope to Go Free in America

ROME, Italy — Two American military men based near the northern Italian town of Vicenza have been charged with raping, beating and stealing from a 24-year-old pregnant Romanian woman.

The American paratroopers identified in the Italian press as Gray Lamarcus, 22, and Ides McCough, 21, were arrested on Thursday after the unnamed Romanian woman, who reportedly sometimes works as a prostitute, pressed formal charges against the men.

The incident allegedly took place on the night of July 14, when the military men arranged for a ménage à trois with the woman. But, according to police documents related to the case, when the three met in an agreed forest clearing, the Americans had other ideas. They refused to pay the Romanian woman, who is six months pregnant, and instead took turns forcefully raping and beating her. They then allegedly stole the money from her handbag. According to her lawyer, Alessandra Bocchi, the woman’s back was badly scratched from branches and her face and stomach were badly bruised from the beating. Her unborn child is not in imminent danger.

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U.S soldier sentenced to a year of confinement in Kuwait for a sexual assault

August 29, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The Federal Practice Group announces that a U.S. Army military judge in Afghanistan has forced a young African American female soldier to undergo trial without her counsel, access to exculpatory evidence, access to witnesses, and expert witness assistance. Specialist Conner is a young soldier who has been pushed into trial by a rogue military judge and a command that has demonstrated a complete lack of consideration for her mental wellbeing. The Federal Practice Group founder, Eric Montalvo, represents Specialist Conner. One of the senior medical professionals serving in Afghanistan determined that Specialist Conner required a medevac and she instead was sent to a court martial without counsel. Specialist Conner had been sexually harassed in the unit and when that was reported her situation began to deteriorate into retribution by specific command members. The Battalion Commander attempted to intervene and protect Specialist Conner and the Battalion Commander was relieved for cause (fired) for engaging in this effort.

On August 28, 2012 Specialist Conner was walked into a court room and asked about her choice of counsel. The military judge informed her that she was representing herself and then ordered a previously fired military defense counsel to put on a defense. When the military counsel attempted to do so he was summarily overruled by the military judge intent on obtaining nothing but a conviction. One of the charges is assault for throwing a boot in the middle of the night to wake up a fellow soldier due to an acute illness. Another charge is a failure to throw out the trash in her office. She is exposed to 1 year of confinement, reduction to the lowest pay grade, forfeiture of pay and allowances, a bad conduct discharge and a federal conviction.

According to Mr. Montalvo: “I find it beyond reprehensible that an officer of the court and a military judge charged with upholding the law would so openly and notoriously abandon the basic Constitutional principles that our young men and women are shedding blood over and for such pettiness. This military judge represents everything that is wrong with our current military justice system. If this was your son or daughter in the middle of Afghanistan is this how you believe they should be treated? This deliberate and abusive disregard for the rule of law is astonishing and should outrage all Americans who believe that judges are supposed to ensure that justice is served and not perform as another prosecutor in the court room or in this case a persecutor. A “Lynch Mob” is defined as a mob that kills a person for some presumed offense without legal authority. If this is not a lynch mob I don’t know what is.”

 

Because of an editing error the crime committed was a sexual assault not rape as previously stated. (9/6/12)

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2 US soldiers accused of raping teenagers in Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two U.S. soldiers have been accused of raping teenage girls in South Korea in separate incidents, prompting U.S. military officials to apologize Saturday as they tried to ease growing public anger.

Army Brig. Gen. David Conboy, who supervises the U.S. garrison in Seoul, issued a statement apologizing for “pain” caused by allegations that a U.S. soldier raped a girl in her rented room in Seoul on Sept. 17. That solider — a private in his early 20s — is being questioned by police but has not been arrested.

Another U.S. private has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl on Sept. 24 in a city north of Seoul.

The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, apologized Friday for what he called a “tragic and inexcusable rape that took place about a week ago.” It was not clear which of the two incidents he was referring to.

The alleged assaults have prompted small protests near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, while the Internet has been abuzz with Koreans expressing their anger. On Saturday, a minor labor party called for restricting the movement of American soldiers outside their bases.

The U.S. has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Gen. James Thurman, America’s top commander in South Korea, said Friday that he has instated a curfew following “the incidents over the last several months.” He did not clarify his comments, but said the curfew would last 30 days.

U.S. officials are wary of an anti-American sentiment that could be rekindled in countries where their troops are stationed.

In 2002, the acquittals of two American soldiers whose armored vehicle ran over and killed two South Korean schoolgirls during training prompted nationwide protests against the U.S. military presence in the country.

In 1995, the rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl by U.S. service members in Okinawa sparked one of the biggest anti-U.S. protests in Japan. About 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan in a post-World War II security pact.

 

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Rep. Speier Delivers Ninth Speech on Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military