[WORLD] US Soldier to Face Charges for Harassing S Korean Woman on the Subway

D-Bo, Oct. 19, 2013, 9:41 p.m.

A US Army 2nd Infantry Division soldier Pvt. Damian Roedl apologized to a South Korean court in relations to a harassment case brought by a South Korean woman. Roedl, 20, is one of the six US soldiers involved in a harassment case during a train ride from Dongducheon. Standing to contest the charges against him, Roedl apologized for his fellow soldiers’ behavior, stating “it was very disrespectful and it was uncalled for, and I’m sorry for all this.”

The incident occurred in February 2 in a train headed to Incheon when a South Korean woman, after witnessing loud music and dancing by the six soldiers, asked them to be quiet. The soldiers then harassed the women both verbally and physically, and the passengers on the train called the railway police, after which three of them were arrested while three eluded arrest.

Roedl and another soldier, Pfc. Arthur Goodman, was fined $1,000 for “insult/incident act by compulsion/assault”, while two others settled out of court and another two were not charged over jurisdiction issues. Roedl however contested the fine on the grounds that he is not guilty and the fine is excessive. Roedl’s case will be determined by the Uijeongbu District Court on November 7. 

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