Thursday May 10, 201212:02 AM GMT
South Korean court sentences US soldier to six years for raping teen
Thu May 10, 2012 12:1AM
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A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced a U.S. soldier to six years in prison for raping a South Korean teenager last year.


The Seoul Central District Court found Private Kevin Robinson, 21, guilty of raping the girl, then aged 17, at her home in the city in September, a court spokeswoman said.


Crimes by the 28,500 U.S. troops based in South Korea are a sensitive subject in the country, even though many see their presence as necessary to deter an attack by the North.


Last November a court jailed another U.S. soldier for 10 years for raping an 18-year-old girl in Dongducheon city, close to the border with North Korea. Raw Story




The two cases rekindled anti-American sentiments in South Korea and prompted U.S. officials to apologize.


In the latest case, the private had been drinking with the teenager earlier on the night in question, and the judges said in their verdict he had taken advantage of the girl while she was drunk.


It was not immediately clear whether Robinson would appeal.


The court also ordered the soldier's personal information be disclosed on a South Korean government website for 10 years. It cited the victim's age as a reason to warn the public.



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