Woman testifies Kadena civilian was her rapist
NAHA, Okinawa — A woman who reported being raped here in 1998 testified Tuesday that she believes she was attacked by Dag Allen Thompson, a Kadena Exchange New Car Sales employee.
Thompson has been charged and is being tried in that rape, and in the Aug. 22, 2004, rape of a 21-year-old woman in Chatan. He has pleaded not guilty to two charges each of rape and burglary. Thompson was arrested after the woman involved in the latest incident identified him as her attacker. She said she saw his face in the light of her cell phone.
The woman from the earlier attack testified via closed-circuit television from another room in the courthouse that she recalls waking on her sofa just after 5 a.m. on June 13, 1998, to see a man holding a towel to conceal his body and face.
She said the man raped her on the sofa, moving her into several different positions. She told prosecutor Masahisa Yokota she thought the man was Caucasian because she could see his thigh and shin.
The woman testified that her attacker’s skin was white and the hair on his legs was blond or reddish blond. When asked if she was sure if she could tell the difference in skin colors of African-Americans, Caucasians and Hispanics, the woman, who lived in the United States for more than four years, replied that she could.
The woman said flashbacks of the attack torment her to this day.
The prosecutor asked if she was sure Thompson attacked her. She said she was convinced he did after seeing him through a one-way mirror at the police station in Naha.
During cross-examination by defense attorney Toshimitsu Takaesu, the woman testified she believed the man was obese because of the weight put on her when she first was raped, and the size of his thigh.
Takaesu asked the woman if any hair or semen was collected as evidence. She said semen was taken from the floor by the sofa.
During court proceedings in early June, Eiko Uchima, Okinawa Prefectural Police crime lab chief, said Thompson’s DNA matched that found at the 1998 scene and at last year’s rape in Chatan.
The afternoon of Tuesday’s hearing again was filled with questions about the DNA. Masanobu Omine, the prefectural police’s crime lab technician, testified for about three hours. He was questioned on everything from lab techniques to how samples are stored.
The next court session is scheduled for Tuesday.
Reading from a prepared statement at the end of her testimony on Tuesday, the woman said, “I want him to be punished harsh enough so that he would truly regret what he had done.”
She said the attack ruined her life. “While being raped, I was horrified, thinking that I would be killed. The horror that I had gone through has tortured me for the past seven years. I could not seek help from my husband or anybody,” she said.
“To continue our life, I have to pretend as if nothing happened. I wonder if you could ever have thought that someone has been suffering both mentally and physically for so many years, just for your one-time pleasure.”