October 18, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

Two members of the United State Navy were arrested over accusations that they raped a woman on the island of Okinawa, in Japan. According to Japanese officials, the two men, both 23, are alleged to have raped a Japanese woman in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving her with an injury to her neck.

The two accused seaman were taken into custody later that same day of the alleged rape. The two men are stationed out of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas. These accusations arise at a time when tensions over the American military presence on Okinawa remain high. This incident occurred nearly two months after a United States Marine was arrest in Okinawa on allegations that he attacked a Japanese female resident.

In California, rape is codified under Penal Code Section 261. It states in pertinent part that rape occurs when there is sexual intercourse “Where it is accomplished against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the person or another”.

The punishments for a rape conviction in California can vary depending on the specific allgations. A perosn who is convicted of rape in California, faces up to eight years in prison. Additionally, a defendant convicted of rape faces the prospect of having to register as a sex offender for the remainder of their life, as well as a potentially lengthy probation or parole period.

If you or a loved one has been arrested, it is imperative you contact our firm. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm is the best way to ensure you keep your freedom. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.

Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-280-6839 or go to our website at www.wklaw.com for more information. With offices in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and Oraange County, we will be there when you call.

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