Georgia man convicted of rape in Japan

Assaulted young girl repeatedly when he lived in Okinawa

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A Georgia man faces up to life in federal prison after being convicted of raping a girl over a four-year period while he lived in Okinawa, Japan.

A federal jury found Dwain D. Williams, 36, guilty of aggravated sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact with a child, engaging in illicit sexual conduct while traveling in a foreign country, and committing a criminal offense while accompanying a member of the armed forces outside of the United States.

Jurors convicted Williams, of Pelham in southwest Georgia, on Thursday after a four-day trial in U.S. District Court at Valdosta, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said Monday in a release.

The girl, now 15, testified during the trial that Williams raped her beginning when she was 9 and continuing until she was 13, while she lived in Okinawa, Breuer said.

The sexual molestation occurred from July 2004 through July 2008, according to a May 5 superseding indictment charging Williams.

During that period, Williams was in Okinawa with his wife, who was a member of the U.S. Air Force, court documents showed.

He faces a mandatory minimum term of 30 years and could get life. U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands has not set a sentencing date.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Office of Special Investigations for Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.

Williams was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative intended to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse that the Justice Department launched in 2006.

teresa.stepzinski@jacksonville.com, (912) 264-0405

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nofrills
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nofrills 08/24/10 - 06:14 am
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lock him up with men with

lock him up with men with children at home. The inmates will do the rest!

Indigo
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Indigo 08/24/10 - 07:45 am
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His life isnt worth 3 cents

His life isnt worth 3 cents now.

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bdouglas 08/24/10 - 08:18 am
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So one would assume this

So one would assume this happened on base and the girl was an American citizen then or what? He was tried in an American court anyway, but there's no info about that. If it happened off base he should be rotting in a Japanese prison, not burdening the taxpayers here.

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Dixieman 08/24/10 - 09:58 am
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Hope he enjoys his cell

Hope he enjoys his cell time.
There is a new law allowing US courts to try Americans for sexual offenses committed overseas, so the girl could have been an Okinawan.

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corgimom 08/24/10 - 06:10 pm
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bdouglas, did you think

bdouglas, did you think before you wrote that post?

Do you think that the investigation was conducted at Moody Air Force base because it involved an Okinawan child?

Do you think that the FBI investigates crimes in Okinawa that occur on Japanese soil?

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mefirst 08/25/10 - 10:19 am
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KJV Old Testament: What price

KJV Old Testament: What price a virtuous woman? She is above Rubies and Gold. When he raped this poor girl, he violated God's gift to man. There is no punishment that would be too harsh for him to suffer, and jail is too good for him. He has effectively destroyed this woman's life, and should face the same future. And, it does not matter what her ethnicity is. A rose by any other name would smell s sweet.

workingirl32
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workingirl32 08/25/10 - 03:38 pm
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I am not criticizing, Can I

I am not criticizing, Can I post my opinion? I really think this story confused me.

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