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US airman faces child sex charges in Japan

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According to this article, from the Independent, there have been a whole series of sexual assaults by US service personnel in Japan. A US airman called Armando Valdez is the latest to face charges there, for apparently molesting a 10 year old girl:

In 1995, two marines and a sailor kidnapped and gang-raped a 12-year-old girl before leaving her for dead in a crime that capped years of sexual assaults and which caused the largest anti-US demonstrations since the end of the Second World War. Since then, the military has maintained an uneasy truce with islanders after agreeing to co-operate more closely with the Okinawa authorities in investigating crimes by its own personnel, and to return Futenma air base, which occupies 25 per cent of Okinawa’s second city, Ginowan.

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  • Nancy

    Jon, was it actually carried out, or is it being endlessly appealed, so that in effect they’re getting a long-term sentence?

  • jon

    Of course this crime is horrible, and unexplainable and embarrasing.

    Just FYI on the UCMJ, one of my fellow Marines got gang raped in 1996 and the three dudes got the death penalty in a matter of months.

  • Come back, little Sheba.

  • HW Saxton

    LOL! You’re right Nancy.I apologize to
    all those in Animal Kingdom. And Marlin
    Perkins and his asst. Jim as well.

  • Dr. Tristan, M.D.

    death by slow anal impalement on a red-hot poker might be an effective deterrent for child molestors …….

  • Nancy

    You are grossly libeling animals.

  • HW Saxton

    I’m opposed to the death penalty in most
    cases. Except, in the case of predatory
    crimes.That is,crimes against those who
    are basically defenseless.Children, the
    elderly and infirm,the mentally retarded
    and anyone else who cannot take care of

    To prey upon these people and others of
    similar nature is to cross the fine line
    between human & animal.If they can live
    with behaving like an animal then we
    should be able to live with killing them
    like animals. You have crossed the line
    when you perpetrate crimes such as this.

    They have proven that the rehabilitation
    of these sick f**ks rarely if ever,does
    any good. Why should we bother? I don’t
    know that we would be able to stop these
    sorts of crimes but swift,final & lethal
    punishment might help to send a message
    that you will not ever get away with it

  • I agree, Nancy. One strike you’re out as the perpetrator. And for those who knew, stood by, and did nothing: they should get the same.

  • Nancy

    I like that idea. I have come to believe firmly there are some crimes for which the perpetrator has willingly forfeited any and all rights as a human being – or a living creature, for that matter – and therefore has no claim to any kind of consideration or mercy. Child molesting is #1. One strike, you’re out.

  • I’ll go one better. An electric cattle prod at full voltage alternately probing the anus and scrotum. Death is too easy for these vermin.

  • Nancy

    What’s wrong with a nice, swift 1/2 ounce of lead?

  • If a soldier raped a little boy, he’d get death. A girl? His life will be spared. Guaran-damned-teed.

  • SFC Ski

    Under article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice rape can be a capital offense unless the court martial decides for a lesser punishment. Those so convicted go to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, to have their sentence carried out. Hanging is no longer used, lethal injection is the preferred method.

  • I don’t have a problem with hanging child molestors and child rapists.

  • WTF

    I’m not sure if a death penalty is invoked these days. The military used to hang people. Up until and perhaps past WWII, hanging was the method.

    Anybody familiar with this?

  • Nancy

    Pity that the kind of justice they dispense for this kind of crime isn’t at the end of a rope or opposite a firing squad. Zero tolerance for child molesting.

  • WTF

    Believe it or not…. if you read it in the papers…. it happens in the Military too. Murder, Rape, Pedophilia, robbery, theft, carjacking, drug dealing….

    the military comes from society at large, with all the warts included.

    The good new is that the military can dispense with perps using the UCMJ, which it pretty cut and dried, with no legal wrangling. If you’re guilty of a Federal Crime… and since you’re in the military… all crimes are Federal, you do not pass go, you go to jail, and there is no parole.

    The caveat “military” attaches no further significance to the fact that a crime was committed, other than… justice will be served… and quickly.

  • Why is it that the word PEDOPHILE never seems to appear when it’s men assaulting under age girls?