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Marine in Okinawa Gets Two Years

September 6, 2000

TOKYO (AP) _ A U.S. Marine who pleaded guilty to charges of fondling a teen-age girl on the Japanese island of Okinawa was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison by a military court.

Lance Cpl. Kenny K. Titcomb, 19, an electrician at the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Okinawa, was found guilty of committing an indecent act, unlawful entry into a residence, drunken driving, underage drinking and disorderly conduct, said Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph M. Plenzler.

Titcomb pleaded guilty to all charges Wednesday and was convicted the same day at a court-martial at Camp Butler on Okinawa, Plenzler said.

Titcomb’s rank will be reduced to private, and all allowances and pay forfeited. Upon completion of his sentence, he will be given a bad-conduct discharge, which is slightly less severe than a dishonorable discharge.

Titcomb’s hometown was not immediately available.

Titcomb was arrested in July after entering an unlocked apartment in Okinawa City and creeping into the bed of a 14-year-old girl. Her mother, awakened by her screams, found the drunken Marine on top of the girl, police say.

President Clinton relayed his regrets for misconduct by American service members. But protests erupted on the island demanding a reduction in U.S. military bases and servicemen.

The U.S. military responded by imposing a drinking ban and a late-night curfew on all service members.

Okinawa, 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo, is home to 26,000 of the 47,000 U.S. forces stationed in Japan.

In a separate case, a 19-year-old Marine was convicted in early August of raping a woman in Okinawa and sentenced to four years in prison.

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