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Rape nets dependent three years behind bars

Date Posted: 2008-11-24

The dependent son of an Air Force officer has been convicted on charges he raped a woman working in a sex parlor, and sentenced to three years in prison.
The Naha District Court found Kevin Parks guilty of the October 2007 rape in Okinawa City, rejecting his attorney’s claims he suffered from diminished mental capacity. Hiroyuki Yoshii, the Naha court’s chief justice, ruled Parks was mentally competent and responsible for his actions and sentenced him to three years in prison, tacking on forced labor to the term.
The 23-year-old Parks, son of an Air Force nurse, maintained the devil was behind his actions 13 months ago, when he smashed the Okinawan sex worker in the face with a bear bottle before raping her. Parks told the court he was only following the voice of a devil he was hearing, but the chief justice rejected the claim. Yoshii entered into the court record information that Parks, despite having no money, was cruising the Okinawa City sex district with the intent of having sex with a sex shop worker.
Satoshi Kawamitsu, Parks’ defense attorney, introduced testimony from U.S. Navy psychiatrists that Parks suffered from bipolar mood disorders, maintaining his mental state was insufficient to be responsible for his actions. The prosecutor argued Parks was only using the mental instability defense to avoid responsibility for raping the 22-year-old victim by claiming he was hearing voices.
The chief justice, in passing sentence, noted the short three-year sentence, less than five years sought by the prosecution, was because he’d taken into account the payment made to the victim’s family by Parks’ family. Judge Yoshii told the court “the crime was vicious and self-centered” and caused suffering to the victim.

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