A US soldier has been found guilty in South Korea of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. 21-year-old Pfc Kevin Flippin has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, one of the harshest sentences ever given to a US soldier by a South Korean court.
Flipping was convicted after Uijeongbu District Court heard that he allegedly broke into the 16-year-old girl’s boarding room in September and sexually assaulted her. He allegedly threatened her with a pair of scissors and took 5,000 won (worth about $4.50) before he left.
US military figures have issued an apology over the incident. Angry crowds gathered outside the court to protest against US soldiers in general, and they called for a public apology from President Barack Obama. There are nearly 30,000 US soldiers stationed in South Korea, but there has been strong anti-American sentiment of late as a result of a number of contentious incidents involving troops.