American Airman Indicted for assaulting young teen
The Naha District Prosecutor’s Office has indicted a U.S. airman without arrest for his alleged assault of a boy and property destruction in Yomitan last month.
The Prosecutors Office did not disclose whether Matthew Haist, a 24-year-old member of the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena Air Base, has admitted or denied the charges. According to the indictment and other sources, Haist allegedly hit a junior high school boy who was sleeping at home in Furugen in Yomitan Village in the small hours of Nov. 2.
The airman is suspected of hitting the boy once on the left cheek and breaking a television set. The boy took a week to recover from his injuries. The Prosecutor’s Office declined to file home invasion charges against the airman after he said he had been drunk and did not remember entering the house.