US military helps with Okinawa rape investigation

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2012 9:42 PM
US military helps with Okinawa rape investigation

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military is cooperating with Japanese police investigating allegations that two U.S. sailors raped a woman on Okinawa.

The case has sparked protests from the Japanese government and an outcry on Okinawa, which hosts more than half the U.S. bases in Japan.

Cmdr. Kenneth Marshall, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy in Japan, said military authorities are cooperating with and supporting the investigation by Okinawan police, who arrested the two sailors Tuesday. They are still in Japanese custody.

Marshall says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has begun its own investigation, although Japan has primary jurisdiction.

Seaman Christopher Browning of Athens, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker of Muskogee, Okla., were on Okinawa on a brief stopover. Both are 23, joined the military in 2008 and are assigned to Joint Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Texas.

A spokesman at the Texas base declined to comment on their arrests.