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U.S. soldier gets 10-year jail term for raping S. Korean teen.

SEOUL, Nov. 1 Kyodo

A South Korean district court sentenced a U.S. soldier to 10 years in jail on Tuesday for raping a South Korean girl, Yonhap News Agency said.

The 21-year-old U.S. Army private of the 2nd Infantry Division based in Dongducheon, 40 kilometers north of Seoul, was convicted of raping the 18-year-old girl in the early hours of Sept. 24 near his unit.

''The victim had to shudder with fear and sexual insult at her own home while the accused satisfied his sexual desire through three hours of violent and abnormal assault,'' Judge Park In Sik of the Euijeongbu District Court said in a verdict, according to Yonhap.

''He deserves a stern punishment as there were no efforts to compensate the victim or remedy the assault,'' Park said.

Prosecutors had sought a 15-year jail term, the maximum penalty allowed by law for rape.

The court also ordered the accused to undergo 80 hours of compulsory therapy and have his name and personal information released to the public as part of the punishment.

The identity of the soldier has not been released pending appeal.

The sentence is the second harshest meted out to a U.S. serviceman in South Korea. In 1993, a U.S. soldier was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the brutal rape and murder of a South Korean sex worker the previous year.
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Date:Nov 7, 2011
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