U.S. servicemen arrested for public indecency, trespassing

November 23, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Japanese police have arrested two U.S. servicemen, one a fully naked seaman in Yokohama and the other a Marine suspected of trespassing in Okinawa, where a string of recent offenses by military personnel has roused public outcry.

Okinawa prefectural police arrested U.S. Marine Gregory Carson II, a 20-year-old private first class, on Nov. 22 on suspicion of trespassing at a building on the main island of Okinawa, police said.

This is the third case of intrusion into a building by a U.S. serviceman in three weeks. According to police, Carson is suspected of entering the premise of a landowners' association hall in the city of Uruma around 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Carson is said to have admitted to the allegations.

A passer-by spotted Carson climbing the pipe on the hall's exterior wall and called police to inform them of "a suspicious foreigner."

Carson was arrested at a spot a few dozen meters away from the building. He was in plain clothes on that day, which was Thanksgiving, a U.S. national holiday.

Police said no alcohol was detected on his breath, and there was no damage to the one-story building or harm to staff members.

Police are investigating his motives.

Meanwhile, a seaman was arrested on Nov. 23 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on suspicion of public indecency.

According to the Kanagawa prefectural police's Kanagawa Police Station, Petty Officer 2nd Class Oscar Hayes Wiygul III, a 23-year-old crewmember of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington, was allegedly walking around inside a manga cafe in Yokohama completely naked around 3 a.m.

The U.S. military has imposed a night curfew on its personnel in Japan since October.

According to police, Wiygul was drunk at the time of arrest and has denied the allegations of public indecency. He admitted to having urinated inside the shop, located in the city's Kanagawa Ward, but denied that he was fully naked.

Wiygul was fully naked when police arrived, police said.

Wiygul, who is stationed at the U. S. Navy Yokosuka Naval Base, was with two fellow sailors that night, according to police.

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U.S. military policemen start patrol just before curfew in Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

U.S. military policemen start patrol just before curfew in Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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