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OKINAWA CITY — An American insurance salesman was arrested by Okinawa prefectural police Monday for allegedly attempting to molest a middle-school-aged girl in a city park.

John Dennis McMenamy, 50, of the Koja district of Okinawa City, was in police custody Tuesday. A police spokesman said McMenamy is an insurance salesman.

McMenamy is on Pacific Command’s 2005 list of accredited insurance salesmen as being an agent for Government Personnel Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Trans World Assurance Company and therefore is approved to sell insurance on Pacific Defense Department installations. The list was released in mid-February.

Tonya Carroll, vice president of sales operations for Government Personnel Mutual Life Insurance Company in San Antonio, confirmed that McMenamy was an “independent contractor” with the company, though not a company employee.

She said McMenamy contracted with GPM while living on Okinawa, but could not confirm if he was a retiree or a military dependent.

Carroll also said that GPM does a background check before contracting with agents.

A police spokesman said McMenamy is accused of improperly touching one of four middle-school girls who were at Manta Park in Okinawa City’s Kaiho district at about 8:45 p.m. Monday.

The park is not near McMenamy’s home, police said. He was apprehended at 9 p.m. after the four girls ran to a nearby police station and reported the incident.

According to the police report, McMenamy appeared intoxicated, denied the accusation and refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

The arrest comes a month after Air Force Staff Sgt. Armando Valdez, 27, of the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was arrested for a similar crime. Police accuse him of luring a 10-year-old girl and her friend to a garage near Kadena Air Base’s Gate Two and touching her. He also reportedly photographed her breasts with a cell-phone camera.

That incident sparked strong condemnation from Japanese and U.S. military leaders and resulted in adopting a strict liberty card program for all Air Force personnel.

Valdez, who police say also was intoxicated, was charged with child molestation and burglary and is being held in the Naha Detention Center awaiting trial in a Japanese court.

Chiyomi Sumida and Pat Dickson contributed to this report.


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