Police: Victim’s family won’t help in probe of rape
September 7, 2008
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — South Korean police said Friday that their efforts to investigate an alleged rape outside Osan Air Base are all but stalled because the accuser’s family won’t cooperate.
And, they say, they worry that the man will strike again.
The alleged victim is the daughter of an American civilian employee.
Her mother reported on Aug. 29 that her teenage daughter was attacked around 3 p.m. that day in the bar and shopping district outside Osan Air Base.
But the family has not allowed police to conduct a "rape kit" exam to check for evidence of sexual assault or to question the girl, police said, and the mother has told them to stop phoning the family.
Accordingly, police said, they’re limiting their focus on convicted sex offenders living in the area.
That limitation, they said, could give an attacker time to strike again.
A South Korean man told police he saw another man fleeing from an alley near the place where the attack was said to have occurred.
But, police said, a check of closed-circuit television footage in the area did not show anyone fleeing or otherwise acting suspiciously.
On Thursday, police said the mother gave conflicting information as to where the incident occurred.
The woman initially reported her daughter’s story to agents of the Army Criminal Investigation Command, known also as CID, at Camp Humphreys.
The Korean National Police have since assumed charge of the case, with CID agents assisting.