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Police: Yokosuka E-5 broke curfew, trespassed

Jan. 13, 2013 - 10:43AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 13, 2013 - 10:43AM  |  
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TOKYO — Japanese police have arrested a U.S. sailor for alleged trespassing near Tokyo during a nighttime curfew imposed after recent crimes linked to American service members.

Kanagawa police said Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Lawton, 24, stationed at United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, is suspected of having entered a home near the base early Sunday. Police said Lawton was drunk when arrested, after a resident called police.

Since two sailors were accused of a rape of a woman on the southern island of Okinawa in October, an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew has been in place for all U.S. troops in Japan, banning off-base alcohol purchase or consumption. Several service members have been arrested since, raising questions over the effectiveness of the curfew.

Japan hosts about 50,000 U.S. troops, mostly on Okinawa, under a bilateral security alliance.

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