US Forces Korea soldier appeals rape conviction
SEOUL — A U.S. soldier will appeal his conviction on charges he raped a South Korean teenager, according to the 8th Army.
Pvt. Kevin Robinson was sentenced by Seoul Central District Court on May 9 to six years in prison for the September 2011 rape of a 17-year-old girl at her residence in Seoul following a night of drinking. He was also convicted of larceny for stealing her laptop.
Robinson testified that the two had consensual oral sex, but said he did not rape her. There was no direct evidence in the case, though circumstantial evidence including items stained with semen and blood, were recovered from the scene.
Robinson had a seven-day window to decide if he would appeal the court’s ruling.
His case attracted widespread attention in South Korea because of his affiliation with the U.S. military and because of the victim’s age. It was one of two highly publicized rape cases that touched off protests over U.S. military misbehavior and a perceived bias toward U.S. troops in the status of forces agreement between the two countries.