Marine sentenced for sexual misconduct
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — An Iwakuni lance corporal was sentenced to no more than one year in prison and a dishonorable discharge Friday for his role in the alleged gang rape of a Japanese minor.
Lance Cpl. Larry Dean was found guilty of wrongful sexual conduct, fraternizing with his superiors, drinking while underage and disobeying liberty restrictions during his court-martial.
He was the first of four Iwakuni Marines to face charges in the Oct. 14 incident.
During a night out in Hiroshima, he and the three other Marines picked up a 19-year-old woman from a club and drove her to a deserted parking lot, where they had sex with her six times.
The woman said she was kidnapped and raped by the four men.
Gunnery Sgt. Carl M. Anderson, Gunnery Sgt. Jarvis D. Raynor and Sgt. Lanaeus J. Braswell still face courts-martial for their roles in the incident.
“At any time that night, I could have found a taxi or a train and gone home but I didn’t,” said Dean, a Marine Corps general mechanic. “I deeply regret that.”
Before the sentencing Friday, Dean’s father, a disabled minister, told the court-martial judge his son was a good student who attended church and was rarely in trouble.
“All along the way, the teachers and everyone spoke well of him and his brain,” Larry Dean Sr. said. “They expected great things from him, as I did.”
He said his son had continued to send him money, between $1,800 and $2,500, while in confinement leading up to the court-martial.
Still, if Dean had committed crimes, he should stand accountable, his father said.
“I love my son, but I love justice more,” he said.
The alleged victim testified she still has difficulty working, sleeping and leaving the house alone since the incident.
The woman’s symptoms are consistent with symptoms of severe trauma, according to a military psychiatrist who testified last week.
Dean had sex with the woman twice in the parking lot and was the last man to copulate with her, according to court-martial evidence.
He told investigators the woman seemed to “give up” but that he had sex with her again anyway.
The court-martial judge, Maj. Charles Hale, sentenced Dean to 730 days of confinement, but that sentence was reduced due to a plea agreement.
Dean agreed to plead guilty to fraternization, underage drinking and breaking liberty policy, and agreed to assist in the prosecution of the other three Marines. In exchange, his prison sentence was limited.
Hale also gave Dean credit for being confined since the Oct. 14 incident and said he would likely spend less than one year in prison if he fulfilled his plea agreement.
The prosecution had asked the judge for a 10-year prison sentence.
Courts-martial for Anderson and Raynor begin May 19. They face a string of charges including rape and kidnapping.
Braswell is scheduled to be tried in June, according to trial dates released by the air station public affairs office.