Sailor Sentenced to Life for Raping Girl

 

UPI
May 9, 2012

A U.S. sailor left Guam in Navy custody Wednesday after being sentenced to life in prison for repeatedly raping a girl starting when she was 8 years old.

Petty Officer 1st Class Bradford Laurence Lung, 30, had pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Guam Superior Court, Stars and Stripes reported. He will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The Guam Pacific Daily News reported the military still intends to prosecute Lung on charges originating outside Guam.

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Additional Reporting:

Sailor Gets Life Sentence for Rape Guilty Plea, Stars and Stripes, May 9, 2012

Guam Sailor Pleads to Molestation Charges, NavyTimes/Pacific Daily News, May 8, 2012

Navy Sailor on Guam Charged in Rape of Young Girl, MercuryNews.com, March 23, 2012

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US military helicopters flying in Okinawa near the Futenma Air Base (PressTV)

Future of Okinawa Base Strains U.S. – Japanese Alliance

Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
January 24, 2010

The people of Okinawa and the U.S. Marine Corps agree on at least one thing: The Futenma Marine air station is a noisy dinosaur that needs to move elsewhere — and soon.

Smack in the middle of this densely packed city of 92,000 and taking up about a quarter of its land, the air base torments its neighbors with the howl of combat helicopters and the shudder of C-130 transport planes.

“The noise is unbearable,” said Harumi Chinen, principal of Futenma No. 2 Elementary School, where about 780 children study in buildings next to the airfield. “A school should be very comforting and safe. That is not the case here.”

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For additional reporting on the situation in Okinawa, click the links below.

Edano Visits Futenma Airfield,   The Japan Times Online,  January 23, 2011

F-15 Drills Moving to Guam from Okinawa,  The Yomiuri Shimbun,  January 21, 2011

Gates Eases Up on Okinawa Base Relocation,  UPI.com, January 14, 2011

Okinawa U.S. Marine Base Angers Residents and Governor,   Huffington Post, Stephen Nessen, January 4, 2011