Irish police release sailor accused of sexual assault

By SCOTT WYLAND | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 24, 2017

A sailor arrested by Irish police on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female sailor was released to U.S. Navy authorities, officials said Friday.

The alleged sexual assault occurred at a hotel in Dublin while the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer based in Rota, Spain, was in Ireland for a port of call. Dublin police responded to a call early Wednesday that a man sexually assaulted a woman, a police spokesman said.

Police arrested a sailor and turned him over to the Navy on Thursday without charging him, said Capt. Pamela Kunze, a 6th Fleet spokeswoman.

The Navy is investigating the incident, she said.

Navy officials and Irish authorities would give no further details.


USS Donald Cook arrives in Cobh, Ireland, March 21, 2017.


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