US soldier in rape case moved to South Korean prison
January 16, 2007 10:31pm CST
A US soldier accused of raping a 67-year-old South Korean woman has been transferred from police custody to prison pending trial, local police said Wednesday. Geronimo Ramirez, a 23-year-old private with the US 2nd Infantry Division, had been in custody for questioning since his arrest early Sunday. A court late Tuesday approved a police request for his transfer to South Korean prison facilities. No formal charges have been laid yet. US military authorities have already called the alleged crime "an affront" and General B.B. Bell, commander of US forces in the country, has apologized. "I am shocked and horrified at the egregious nature of this crime, and I am extremely upset by the senseless act against an elderly woman," Bell said. Some 29,000 US troops are stationed here to support the South Korean armed forces against any attack from the North, in a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean war. However, crimes involving US troops have been an irritant in the military alliance, stoking anti-American sentiment here. In 1992 a US soldier murdered a bar girl, while two schoolgirls died in a traffic accident involving US armored vehicles in 2002. The latest rape case came with Washington and Seoul in talks on relocating American military bases by 2008. greetings. : )
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1 Feb 07
Has this case of rape been proved? With out a doubt, if it is proved then the sentence should be hard! If there is doubt then he is innocent.To many men have been put in prison for so called rape and they have not done it! There lives are over on a sayso?
• United States
19 Jan 07
That is really terrible. I just can't believe those soliders are doing such things to those people they were suppose to protect. I think men should try to control themselves when they're away from home. That is just an embarrassing thing to do.