- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2016

A U.S. sailor was arrested Sunday in Japan after being accused of raping a woman inside his Okinawa hotel room.

Justin Castellanos, 24, was arrested on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman he found sleeping inside a hotel corridor in the Okinawa capital of Naha, Japan’s Kyodo News service reported.

Police viewed security camera footage and interviewed employees of the hotel before taking the serviceman into custody, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun news site reported.


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“The incident is extremely deplorable,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference on Monday, adding that Tokyo has demanded Washington “tighten discipline and prevent a recurrence of such incidents.”

“It was a serious crime in violation of women’s human rights and can never be tolerated,” said Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga. “I feel strong resentment.”



The sailor has denied the accusation, Kyodo News reported.

Pentagon officials did not immediately respond Sunday to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

Several social media profiles in the sailor’s name were offline as of Monday, including an Instagram account for a user who had described himself as a U.S. Navy Hospital corpsman stationed in Okinawa. A Tumblr user with the same handle also identified themselves online as a serviceman in the Navy, and previously shared a photograph of an individual in fatigues branded with what appears to read “Castellanos.”

Roughly 25,000 U.S. troops are based in Okinawa.

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