Japanese prosecutor seeks 10-year sentence in Okinawa rape trial
NAHA, Okinawa — A Japanese prosecutor Friday sought a prison sentence of 10 years at hard labor for an American on trial in the rape of two Okinawan women.
Dag Allen Thompson, 35, a former Marine and employee of Exchange New Car Sales on Kadena Air Base, showed no emotion during prosecutor Masahisa Yokota’s three-hour closing argument in Naha District Court as Yokota called him a “serial rapist” who showed no remorse and posed a danger to the community.
Thompson, married to an Okinawan woman and father of three, has been jailed since his October 2004 arrest.
Charged with housebreaking and rape in a June 1998 incident in Naha and an almost identical crime in Chatan in 2004, he has pleaded not guilty but remained mostly silent throughout the trial, which Yokota played up during his closing remarks.
After Thompson’s arrest, Yokota said, the American admitted to entering the Chatan residence and to sexual activity.
He later recanted, saying he’d been coerced by Yokota’s promises that if he confessed he’d be released to see his wife and children.
However, DNA from semen at the scene matched DNA from Thompson’s saliva. Samples saved from the 1998 Naha rape scene also matched Thompson’s.
“The two attacks were similar, the DNA matched in both cases and he at first admitted to the Chatan incident,” Yokota said. “There’s no room for any reasonable doubt.”
He said both rapes were extremely violent.
“No thought was given to the mental pain he caused,” Yokota said, describing Thompson as a person who “makes fools of women,” pointing out that since 1999 he had a lover near his work on Kadena and lied to his wife, who lived in Naha, that his work kept him from returning home on weekdays.
Thompson’s wife, who attended previous hearings, was not present Friday.
“Besides lying to his wife, he told his lover he was divorced and they actually got engaged,” Yokota told the three judges. “He has no sympathy for women. He needs to be sentenced for a long time.”
The defense is to present its final arguments Thursday.
Chiyomi Sumida contributed to this report.