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Marine Discharged for Sexual Harassment, Joining Sex Show on Okinawa

April 26, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ A U.S. Marine on Okinawa was sentenced to three months confinement today for joining in a live sex show at an off-base nightclub and for sexually harassing women in his battalion.

A court martial convicted Sgt. Demetris Price, 29, of Jersey City, N.J., of sodomy, adultery, indecent acts, indecent exposure and three counts of sexual harassment, said defense attorney Annette M. Eddie-Callagan.

Price’s rank was reduced and his pay forfeited, and he was given three months of confinement, Eddie-Callagan told The Associated Press by telephone from her office on Okinawa. He will also receive a bad conduct discharge once he has completed his sentence, she said.

She said Price, who denied the charges, was accused of having gone on stage at a local nightclub in August, removing his clothes and joining in a live sex show. Eddie-Callagan said the nightclub is popular with Marines and other servicemen on the southern island of Okinawa.

Price was also found guilty of sexually harassing three women in his battalion since last February.

Eddie-Callagan said the harassment, which included inappropriate remarks and touching, was first reported to military authorities in December. Price’s participation in the sex show was uncovered later.

The conduct of the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops on Okinawa has come under intense scrutiny since the rape in September of a 12-year-old schoolgirl. Two Marines and a Navy seaman were convicted of that crime by an Okinawan court last month.

U.S. military officials responded with tightened discipline and vows to crack down on bad behavior, but several incidents have occurred in the months since.

One airman is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at a party on Kadena Air Base on Okinawa in December, and reportedly faces trial in May.

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