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Air Force major cleared of assaulting former fiance in S. Korea

SEOUL — A South Korean court has cleared a U.S. Air Force officer of charges that he assaulted his former fiancé.

Maj. Josue Alomar, 39, had been accused of raping the woman, in her early to mid-30s, inside a car in a parking lot in Seoul’s Seochu-gu district on Aug. 8, 2012. He also faced charges of assault inflicting injuries for allegedly beating the woman on three occasions between June 2011 and February 2012, forcing her to undergo a tooth implant after one assault, according to court records.

The Seoul Central District Court determined last month that the woman’s statements were not credible and that she had given contradictory accounts of whether she had been raped.

The couple previously lived together, according to a court prosecutor. Alomar maintained that the two had consensual sex and he never assaulted her, according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to sentencing documents, the woman had an on-again, off-again relationship with Alomar even after ending their engagement in June 2011.

She continued having a physical relationship with Alomar even after starting to see another man, and was distraught that Alomar did not want a serious relationship with her and was dating another woman, the documents said. In May 2013, she called Alomar and told him that she missed having sex with him.

Photos submitted as evidence of an alleged June 2011 beating showed no bruises on the woman and had likely been altered, according to sentencing documents.

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