Car salesman at Kadena charged in second rape case
December 3, 2004
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Naha District Prosecutor’s Office has filed a second pair of rape and burglary charges against a U.S. civilian indicted last month for the Aug. 22 rape of a 21-year-old Japanese woman.
Dag A. Thompson, 34, a new car salesman on Kadena Air Base, was charged in a June 13, 1998, case in which he allegedly sneaked into the home of a 27-year-old woman in the Matsukawa district of Naha and raped her.
The indictment states that he raped the woman “after he inflicted violence on her by pressing her down while wrapping her face with a towel to suppress resistance.”
Thompson, a former Marine, was arrested on Oct. 15 by Okinawa police in connection with the August attack in Chatan, near Camp Foster. The woman in that case told police that she had left the door to her home unlocked for a family member and was asleep at 1:50 a.m. Her cellular phone rang during the attack, allowing her a good look at her attacker’s face, a police spokesman said.
Thompson later was identified from a composite sketch police drew from her description. Working on evidence obtained in the August case, police linked Thompson to the 1998 case, a police spokesman said.
However, he would not elaborate on the nature of the evidence.
“The suspect keeps his silence concerning the alleged crime,” Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hiroyuki Kawami said in a written statement given to Stars and Stripes Tuesday.
Thompson continued to be held Tuesday at the prefectural police station in Naha but was to be moved to the Naha Detention Center soon to await trial on the charges. No court date has been set.
According to a police report, Thompson was assigned to Camp Kinser until his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1994. He returned to Okinawa in 1998 and lives in Naha with his Okinawan wife and two children.
Chiyomi Sumida contributed to this report.