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US sailor arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman in Dublin hotel

Gardaí arrested the man, aged in his 30s, yesterday morning.

Romania United States Russia Ship The USS Donald Cook Source: Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Images

A US SAILOR was arrested by gardaí yesterday morning in Dublin on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.

The sailor, aged in his 30s, is part of the crew of the American military ship the USS Donald Cook which is currently berthed at Cobh, Co Cork.

The incident took place in a hotel in Dublin’s city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The man was arrested by gardaí at about 10am yesterday morning.

“An alleged sexual assault incident by a US Navy sailor who is assigned to USS Donald Cook was reported on 22 March 2017,” the US Embassy confirmed to TheJournal.ie in a statement.

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 US Navy is cooperating fully with local law enforcement, an Garda Síochána.

It’s understood that the sailor was on shore leave at the time of the arrest.

The Donald Cook arrived in Cork early on Tuesday morning for a scheduled port visit. An Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the ship is named for US Medal of Honour recipient Colonel Donald Cook.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to TheJournal.ie the arrest of a man in his 30s following a report of alleged sexual assault at a premises in Dublin in the early hours of 22 March.

The man is currently detained at Store Street Garda Station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

A US Navy spokeswoman confirmed to TheJournal.ie that an investigation is under way and that the alleged offender is currently in Garda custody, but has not as yet been charged.

A Garda investigation is ongoing.

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