A South Korean court sentenced a U.S. soldier who broke into an 18 year old South Korean girl’s home and raped her numerous times in a “sadistic fashion” to 10 years in prison. The rape occurred in the area of Dongducheon where the soldier was based. The Solider was a part of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division.
The private 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. The Republic of Korea had jurisdiction, convicted and sentenced the soldier for his crime and he will now serve his sentence in a Korean prison.
The Army’s 2nd infantry Division has cooperated with the Korean National Police to help bring justice to the victim. The rape occurred in September and is the second attack reported involving U.S. Soldiers. The Division has commented that “Our sincere apologies go out again to the victim, her family and the Korean community.”
To try to contain the recent problems in Korea, the U.S. Forces have reinstated a curfew for the next 30 days. Military officials had rescinded the previous curfew on July 2, 2010. That curfew had been in place for nine years.
Do you think the punishment was enough? (The average sentence in the U.S. for rape is between 8 and 9 years, however, some aggravated rape charges can carry a life sentence).Will it deter other soldiers from committing the same crimes while stationed overseas? Should the sentences be harsher because these men are a representation of the U.S. across the seas? Do you think that the U.S. Forces are doing enough to prevent future occurrences?
CNN Article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/01/world/asia/south-korea-soldier-rape/index.html?hpt=wo_c2