4 U.S. Marines accused in Subic Bay rape

Dec. 27, 2005 at 12:58 PM

OLONGAPO, Philippines, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Four U.S. Marines and a Filipino driver are accused in the rape of a 22-year-old woman Nov. 1 at the U.S. Navy's former Subic Bay base, reports said.

Philippine prosecutors claimed Tuesday there was a conspiracy to rape the drunken woman -- an attack that prompted militant groups and some lawmakers to call for ending the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and United States, the (Philippines) Daily Tribune and Philippines Star reported.

U.S. Marine John Smith is accused of rape while fellow Marines Chad Carpentier, Keith Silkwood and Dominic Duplantis and Filipino driver Timoteo Soriano Jr. are accused of conspiracy.

The accused men say the woman agreed to have sex.

Charges were dropped against two other U.S. Marines in the attack that happened in a van at Olongapo City, Philippines, during joint military exercises.

The United States has yet to respond to the Nov. 16 request to hand over the accused military members for prosecution, Philippine officials said.

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