Two U.S. Soldiers Accused of Raping Teenage Girls in South Korea

Japan Today
October 8, 2011

Two U.S. soldiers have been accused of raping teenage girls in South Korea in separate incidents, prompting U.S. military officials to apologize Saturday as they tried to ease growing public anger.

Army Brig Gen David Conboy, who supervises the U.S. garrison in Seoul, issued a statement apologizing for “pain” caused by allegations that a U.S. soldier raped a girl in her rented room in Seoul on Sept 17. That solider—a private in his early 20s—is being questioned by police but has not been arrested.

Another U.S. private has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl on Sept 24 in a city north of Seoul.

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Thanks to Betsy Kawamura of Women4NonViolence for the link.

Army Col Robert Saum

Army Col. Robert Saum Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

DOD Says Brain Injury Office Chief is Reassigned

Anne Flaherty and Richard Lardner
The Associated Press
September 23, 2010

The Army officer in charge of overseeing treatment for troops suffering from brain injuries and psychological trauma has been reassigned until an internal investigation into his management of the office is completed, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Col. Robert Saum is being replaced as acting director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the official said. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Saum has been accused by an office employee of unwanted sexual advances and creating a hostile workplace. The Pentagon inspector general is investigating.

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For additional information on this story, refer to the links below:

Pentagon Investigating Director of Psychological Centers of Excellence nextgov, September 22, 2010

Army Leans Towards Suicide Ruling


Robert Gavin
Times Union
January 23, 2010

The mother of Staff Sgt. Amy Seyboth Tirador, a Colonie, New York native slain in Iraq in November, said Friday she believes military investigators are “leaning toward” ruling her daughter’s death a suicide.

Tirador, 29, was killed November 4th, the victim of a gunshot to the back of her head while walking to an evening work shift on the U.S. military base Camp Caldwell in Kirkush, Iraq, near Iran.

To read the full story in the Times Union, click here.