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Leon Barto Released from Jail

Date Posted: 2000-02-12

An American civilian employee on Kadena Air Base, who had been placed on detention at the Gushikawa Police station for having allegedly kidnapped his own daughter, was released last Monday, January 31st. According to the manís attorney, Leroy Leon Barto was set free from jail after prosecutors investigating the case decided that there were no grounds to press any charges against him. The attorney also added that Mr. Barto was released in good health condition, and was traveling to the United States to meet his family for a long awaited vacation.

Leroy Barto was arrested in the evening of Wednesday, January 19th by Okinawa Police, after he allegedly took his own daughter from an off-base daycare center, and was planning to fly with her to the US without the motherís permission. Barto and his Japanese wife divorced in 1998, and she has custody of their three children.

Japan Update is hoping to get an exclusive interview with Barto as soon as he returns from his vacation in the United States.

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