Monday, April 25, 2011

U.S. sailor accused of raping teacher in a Kampala hotel

New Vision Online reports that an American sailor is being charged with raping a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in a  hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Camaren Walker faced an Article 32 hearing in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday and Friday.   The 26-year-old accuser teaches at a girls’ school in a remote town in northern Uganda.  The incident reportedly occurred in November, while Walker, a builder, was assigned to a construction project for a SEAL team.  According to the article, the accuser testified that what began as a consensual sexual encounter in Walker’s hotel room turned violent after she insisted that he use a condom. According to the testimony, the accuser met Walker on a night-out with three other young women, all American Peace Corps volunteers. The three other women testified for the defence, two of them by telephone. They apparently testified that the conversation during their night out turned to how long it had been since each of the four women had sex. After it was determined that the accuser had been abstinent the longest, there was a consensus that she should pair up with Walker for the night.