S. Korean prosecutors want soldier fined over assault
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Prosecutors in Gwangju have asked a local court to impose a fine on a U.S. soldier they prosecuted recently on an assault charge, they said Friday.
Gwangju authorities said the soldier struck a South Korean woman in the head with a bottle Nov. 5 after she objected to sexually provocative remarks he’d made to her.
The soldier is assigned to the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Camp Carroll.
The battalion is part of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and until last month had been stationed at Gwangju Air Base.
Few additional details were available Friday, including the outcome of the case.
Prosecutors said the soldier was negotiating a financial settlement with the woman.
Gwangju police said the incident occurred around 4 a.m. while the soldier and woman were drinking in Gwangju.
She was injured when the soldier hit her in the head with a beer bottle, police said.
Police later questioned the soldier and then turned the case over to the prosecutor.
The soldier had been scheduled to rotate to the United States, but at the request of South Korean authorities the U.S. military has kept him on the peninsula pending the outcome of the case.
Eighth Army officials contacted early Friday afternoon did not respond to a Stars and Stripes query by press time.
Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this report.