SAILOR GETS 30 MONTHS BEHIND BARS FOR
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It was March 13th in Naha, Okinawa when Navy Seaman Apprentice Justin Castellanos spotted a drunken Japanese tourist passed out on the floor of his hotel lobby. What was to come next, has caused the U.S. Command to go into "damage control."
The female victim was repeatedly raped by the 24 year-old sailor and was rescued by hotel residents when she cried out for help. Castellanos fled the scene, but left behind evidence that incriminated himself in the brutal sexual attack.
Citizens of Okinawa, already enraged at the U.S. military for an American service-member's rape-murder of a 20 year-old woman, ramped up protests against Marine and Navy bases on the island. The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force commander apologized to Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga.
NOT THE ONLY RECENT RAPE ON OKI
There are more than 25,000 American military personnel stationed on Okinawa. Other high-profile rape cases aggravated U.S-Japanese relations in 1995 and again in 2012.
The battered body of the young woman raped and slain was found dumped in a wooded area. Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Shinzato, a U.S. contractor on the island, has been charged with the slaying.
Castellanos, who was assigned to Camp Schwab, will have to do his hard time in a local jail. Serving a stretch at the DB in Kansas is a vacation compared to what the convicted rapist has to look forward to.