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U.S. soldier charged with rape

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier was charged with rape and larceny Tuesday for allegedly attacking a teenage girl in her home on Sept. 17, police in South Korea said.

The Central District Prosecutor's office in Seoul said Pvt. Kevin Robinson, 21, has been transferred from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to South Korean custody, Stars and Strips reported.

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A spokesman for the U.S. Army declined to confirm the soldier's identity but said South Korean authorities had "complete control of investigation, prosecution and punishment of the service member."

South Korean police said Robinson was introduced to his 17-year-old victim during a night of drinking at a popular entertainment spot.

They said he accompanied her to her dormitory boarding house where he raped her and stole her laptop computer.

Robinson told police the sex was consensual.

The case came to light just as another U.S. soldier was being prosecuted for rape in South Korea. Pvt. Kevin Lee Flippin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for brutally raping a South Korean girl.

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