TOKYO – The U.S. military in Japan says it has charged a Marine with raping a 14-year-old girl in Okinawa.
The military said Friday it charged Staff Sgt. Tyrone L. Hadnott earlier in the week in the alleged Feb. 10 attack.
No date has been set for the court-martial.
Japanese police initially apprehended Hadnott in the attack, but released him after the girl dropped charges. U.S. authorities then investigated the case under the strict military justice code.
A series of criminal accusations against some of the 50,000 American troops based in Japan have inflamed anger at the U.S. military presence.
In December, the U.S. military charged four servicemen in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Hiroshima. Japanese prosecutors had dropped charges against the four, based in the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni in southern Japan, citing lack of evidence.
The U.S. military has since imposed tight new restrictions on troops, their families and civilian expatriates in Okinawa and elsewhere, limiting them to bases, workplaces and off-base housing. The military held a "day of reflection" last week to urge troops not to commit crimes.
Japan also has introduced new security steps to curb crime around bases, including installing surveillance cameras and conducting joint patrols of entertainment districts around bases on Okinawa.