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U.S. soldier booked on sexual assault

A U.S. soldier has been booked without detention on charges of sexual harassment, police said Thursday.

According to police, a private first class stationed at the Seoul Airport in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province grabbed a 20-year-old Korean female in Seongnam city center at around 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday. The identity of the suspect has been withheld.

The victim reported the situation to the police, and the suspect was taken into custody at around 11 p.m. that night.

During questioning, conducted in the presence of a U.S. government representative, the soldier claimed that he mistook the victim to be someone he knew. However, when he was requested to provide the name or contact details of the woman he supposedly mistook the victim for, the soldier said he did not have such information.

The soldier was released to the U.S. military in the early hours of Thursday.

Police will recommend that the suspect should be indicted when it hands over the case to the prosecutors’ office.

By Choi He-suk (cheesuk@heraldcorp.com)
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