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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A U.S. civilian physician charged with sexual abuse of a minor will face another round of hearings this week in a South Korean court, officials said.

According to officers of the Seoul District Court, Lance May, a 43-year-old American who practiced medicine at the 121st General Hospital on Yongsan Garrison, will return to court June 7 after an initial May 19 round of questioning.

Park Seon-ki, May’s attorney, confirmed the renewed court date and said South Korean authorities weren’t currently holding May. The first round of direct questioning in court lasted around 40 minutes, Park said, and officials decided to continue the hearing at a later date.

According to Seoul prosecutors, May was charged after South Korean investigators received information from the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command at Yongsan. The information contained allegations that May had sexually abused a minor. Because the alleged victim is not covered by the Status of Forces Agreement, and because the alleged abuse took place off-duty and off-post, the case is being handled by South Korean courts.

May was a civilian doctor under contract to work at the 121st General Hospital, 8th Army officials have said. His contract was terminated in mid-January, the officials said. They declined to disclose how long May had worked at the hospital.

According to the 8th Army officials, the command learned of the allegations against May in January — the same month his employment contract was terminated. Citing privacy rules, 8th Army officials said they could not disclose the reasons May’s contract was ended.

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