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IWAKUNI MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, Japan — Prosecutors demanded a three-year prison term Thursday for an Iwakuni Marine for attempting to rape a 53-year-old Japanese woman last year.

During the court session at Yamaguchi District Court, the Marine’s third, prosecution and defense attorneys questioned Pfc. William E. McIntosh, 22, and presented closing statements.

“The bulk of it today” was McIntosh testifying, said Iwakuni Staff Judge Advocate Lt. Col. Charlie Stubbs, present at the session as a trial observer. “He came across as very sincere and remorseful. Also, one of his statements was that he didn’t realize beforehand what an impact his actions could have on the relationship between the two countries.”

Japanese authorities took McIntosh into custody Nov. 21 after the Yamaguchi Prefecture Public Prosecutor’s Office indicted him on charges of attempted rape resulting in bodily injury.

McIntosh, from Iwakuni’s Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to attempted rape but denied battering the 53-year-old woman during the Aug. 1 attack.

The indictment accuses him of grabbing the woman about 3 a.m., holding her “by the neck with both hands” to prevent her from resisting and knocking her to the ground in the parking lot of an off-base dental clinic. At that point, McIntosh hit her in the face with his fists, the indictment alleges.

In an earlier news report, the prosecutor contended that McIntosh “seemed to have a sudden attack of guilt for what he was doing and stopped” but followed her for about a block. He then began hitting her again with his fists and delivered several open-handed slaps across her face, inflicting “bruises and other injuries requiring about 24 days to heal,” the prosecutor’s statement read.

In court Thursday, defense attorney Tomoyuki Morishige said details of his client’s account were unclear because the Marine was “heavily drunk.” However, McIntosh’s attorney said, the Marine’s desire to rape the woman intensified as the crime progressed.

In cross-examination, the prosecution asked why McIntosh changed his testimony. McIntosh at first had denied attempting to rape the woman. In cross-examination, the prosecution had asked why he changed his story.

“He said he didn’t clearly deny it but he also didn’t clearly remember,” the defense attorney said. “But when he gave it careful thought, he admitted it.”

Both McIntosh and the woman previously agreed to a solatium, a small amount of money considered as showing sincere apologies and sympathy to the victim. McIntosh agreed to pay 200,000 yen, or about $1,900, to the woman.

The woman said she accepted McIntosh’s apology and wrote asking for leniency in his sentence, Stubbs said.

The sentencing will take place at 11:30 a.m. March 18 in Yamaguchi District Court.

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