US Soldier Arrested For Allegedly Raping Civilian Woman in South Korea

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A US soldier from the US Air Force base in Osan, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, has been arrested for allegedly raping a Korean woman, Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office said Friday.

The incident allegedly took place in April, when the soldier met the woman, who was reportedly drunk, at a nightclub. The woman later told police, "I think I was raped,”  prompting the start of an investigation, the Korea Times reports

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According to the soldier, the sex was consensual, and he denies that he raped the woman.

This isn’t the first time a US servicemember has faced sexual assault charges in recent years. In February, a US Army soldier was accused of assaulting a Korean-Canadian woman he met through a phone-chat application, eventually meeting her for a drink in Busan while he was on leave. The woman said the soldier, assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Humphreys, raped her after taking her to a guesthouse. He denied the charges.

US Army Pfc. Kevin Lee Flippin was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011 for breaking into the home of an 18-year-old Korean and raping her in a "sadistic fashion" numerous times. 

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