Anti-US governor wins Okinawa poll

The Japanese on the southern Island of Okinawa have re-elected incumbent governor Hirokazu Nakaima, who wants an end to the American military presence.

Nakaima, who wants the US base off Okinawa altogether, beat his opponent who agreed to relocate the base to a less crowded area on the island.

In May, Tokyo and Washington agreed to implement a 2006 plan to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a less crowded area in Okinawa.

The move infuriated local residents, who view the base as a source of noise, pollution and serious crime –including rape.
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Former CG officer gets life for rape, murder

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A former Coast Guard officer has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing a Jupiter woman.

As part of a plea deal, 27-year-old Chi Ng received a life sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. He could have faced the death penalty.

Authorities say 33-year-old Nongkran Stoll, who lived near Ng’s father, had been hired to walk the father’s dog. In November 2007, Ng attacked Stoll in his father’s townhouse. He beat her, raped her and eventually strangled her by crushing her throat under his foot.

Her body was later found in a trash can.

Stoll’s husband went to the home looking for his wife, and Ng told him she had left. But when the husband saw Stoll’s shoes and a broken table inside and that Ng’s hand was bleeding, he called police.

Former CIA Official Arrested in Virginia for Rape

A former Central Intelligence Agency official, who is accused of raping two women, was arrested Monday at a motel in Virginia. A warrant was issued for 42-year-old Andrew M. Warren after he failed to show up for a hearing last week.

Warren was the CIA’s Station Chief in Algeria. According to court papers, two Algerian women claim Warren drugged them, then raped them when they were unconscious. A grand jury in Washington, D.C. indicted Warren last year on one count of sexual deviance. The charge carries the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Warren was arrested without incident at the motel in Norfolk. Police say he had a handgun, which was recovered and turned over to federal authorities. It was unclear why Warren skipped the hearing and why he was staying at the motel in his hometown.

“We look forward to the opportunity to speak with Andrew, and we’re just glad he’s safe,” said Billy Martin, one of Warren’s attorneys.

The CIA ordered Warren home in October 2008, a month after the women made their claims.

Child sex `no breach of virtue’, some priests believe

Some priests didn’t see the molestation of boys as a breach of their celibacy vows, retired Catholic bishop Geoffrey James Robinson says.

The former auxiliary bishop of Sydney blames the absence of women from church life as a catalyst for the sexual abuse crisis enveloping the faith.

In an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bishop Robinson says boys suffered more than girls at the hands of pedophile priests partly because they were more available to them, with nuns tending to play a greater role in the religious education of young girls.

There was also a view among some offenders with whom he had worked that a priest’s celibacy vows weren’t broken if a boy was involved.

“We’ve met it often enough to see it as a factor,” he tells the magazine, out today. “That’s what the vow of celibacy refers to, being married. If it’s not an adult woman, then somehow they’re not breaking their vow.”

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First Europe, then the US – now abuse claims sweep Latin America

The pedophile priest scandal currently enveloping the Vatican has spread to one of the most Catholic areas of the world following a string of new abuse revelations throughout Latin America.

Reports of priests raping or abusing minors have now emerged in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile causing growing anger in a continent that is home to nearly half the world’s Catholics.

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Court case reveals diocese pattern of sending problem priests to desert

BARSTOW • As the sex abuse scandals that plague the Catholic Church continue to make headlines, a recent lawsuit has brought new information to light regarding the San Diego Diocese’s placement of priests with a history of sexual abuse in desert parishes, including St. Joseph Catholic Church in Barstow.

One man involved in the lawsuit, known only as John Roe 65, says that he was abused by a priest at St. Joseph in 1972 while attending school there. The lawsuit was settled out-of-court last week for an undisclosed amount. The school at St. Joseph closed in 2002.

Roe 65 was able to file the suit because he served in the United States Navy from 1977 until 2006, and statutes of limitation do not apply while a person is serving in the military.

The two priests named in the lawsuit who served at St. Joseph are Anthony Rodrigue and John Keith.

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Texas Officer Charged With Sex Assault

A San Antonio Police Department officer sexually assaulted a man while he was on duty, an affidavit stated.

According to an arrest affidavit, a man told police that Officer Craig Nash picked him up at 3 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Guadalupe and Zarzamora streets, handcuffed him and told him to lie down in the back of a police cruiser.

The man told police that Nash, 39, drove him to an unknown location and sexually assaulted him, the affidavit stated. Nash then drove the man back to a school on Guadalupe Street and drove off, the affidavit stated.

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