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SEOUL — A U.S. soldier was indicted this week on aggravated rape charges, officials confirmed Monday.

Lee Young-rheol, chief prosecutor for the Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office, said Tuesday that Pvt. Geronimo Ramirez was indicted Monday in connection with the Jan. 14 rape of a 67-year-old South Korean woman.

Lee said no decision had been made on when Ramirez was to appear in court.

The soldier, a member of the 2nd Infantry Division’s Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, has been in South Korean custody since he was caught fleeing the scene, police have said.

The woman remains hospitalized, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

In a handwritten letter to the woman, which defense lawyer Jin Hyo-guen provided to Stars and Stripes, Ramirez apologized to the woman but said he didn’t remember anything about the alleged attack because he was intoxicated after drinking all night.

He is accused of beating the woman and raping her three times in the 40-minute attack in Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood, officials said.

If convicted, Ramirez would face a prison term of five years to life, South Korean legal officials have said.


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