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SEOUL — A South Korean 6th Infantry Division soldier was sentenced Wednesday to 2 ½ years in prison for sexually assaulting a female U.S. soldier during a joint training exercise.

However, the sentence was suspended for four years, according to a South Korean 6th ID spokesman.

The South Korean military refused to allow Stars and Stripes to cover the court-martial.

The male soldier, whose name was not released, was arrested on the last day of the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division’s Warfighter exercise.

Spc. Brandy Willey, who witnessed the event, said the man entered an all-female barracks between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Dec. 19 and used a flashlight to locate the soldier on the bunk next to Willey’s.

“All of the sudden that’s when I heard a slap,” Willey has told Stars and Stripes.

The victim said she slapped the man after being awakened by his touch, according to Willey.

When the man fled, Willey said during a January interview, she and another woman gave chase and found him outside the exit.

“We literally asked him, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ ” Willey said. “He tried to run and the other witness grabbed him but he wiggled away and ran toward the other barracks.”

Willey and others later identified the man as he stood in a police lineup.

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