U.S. Marine Sentenced For Sexual Assault Of Okinawan Girl
Kenny K. Titcomb, an U.S. Marine based at the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Okinawa was found guilty earlier this week by a military court and sentenced to two years in prison for "committing an indecent act, unlawful entry into a residence, drunken driving and underage drinking and disorderly conduct." Titcomb was charged in July for sexually assaulting a 14-year -old Okinawan girl. Police reports state that the girl's mother was awakened by her daughter's screams and found the Marine on top of her daughter. Women and other human rights activists in Okinawa have fiercely protested the level of U.S. military personnel after a number of assaults on women and girls. The Okinawa Women Against Military Violence reports that more than 4,700 crimes have been committed by U.S. troops in Okinawa, Japan since 1972. Last month another U.S. Marine was sentenced to four years in prison for the rape of an Okinawa woman.
Media Resources: Associated Press (http://wire.ap.org) 06 September 2000, Feminist Global News Wire 12 July 2000
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