Saturday 20 January 2018

US Navy officer (30s) arrested in Dublin over alleged sexual assault of female colleague

Store Street Garda station. Picture: Google Maps
Store Street Garda station. Picture: Google Maps
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A US naval officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female officer in a Dublin hotel.

The officer, who is in his 30s, was on a day off while his ship the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) was docked in port at Cobh, Co Cork.

It is believed that he and a number of fellow officers, including the alleged victim, were staying at a hotel on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

Gardai confirmed that they were called to the premises in the early hours of Wednesday morning and a man was arrested.

He is currently detained under section four of the criminal justice act at Store Street garda station

A spokesman for the US Embassy in Dublin confirmed that they were aware of the alleged sexual assault incident.

In a statement, they added: "The alleged assault occurred in a hotel in Dublin while the USS Donald Cook was in port at Cobh, Ireland for a scheduled port visit.

"The incident is currently under investigation, and the U.S. Navy is cooperating fully with local law enforcement, An Garda Síochána.

"USS Donald Cook, just as the rest of the U.S. Navy, is committed to preventing and responding to sexual assault; eliminating it from our ranks through focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect, and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness.

"The U.S. Navy would like to express deep respect and gratitude to the people of Ireland for the personal friendship that they have extended to visiting U.S. servicemen and women."

The spokesman concluded: "The alleged assault is currently under investigation and I will not comment further on the details of this case at this time."

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