American sailor accused of raping teacher in a Kampala hotel
Publish Date: Apr 25, 2011
Newvision Archive
  • mail
  • img

AN American sailor working for the US Navy in the Virginia Beach-based Navy SEALs is on trial over raping a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in a Kampala hotel.

Camaren Walker faced a preliminary hearing on Thursday and Friday to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to prosecute him in a court-martial. A decision is expected in a few weeks, according to the online Virginia-Pilot.

If Walker is court-martialed and convicted, he faces a range of possible penalties up to life in prison and death.

The proceedings at Norfolk Naval Station last week featured a graphic and emotional testimony from Walker’s accuser, a 26-year-old woman who teaches at a girls’ school in a remote town in northern Uganda.

The incident reportedly occurred in November in Kampala, while Walker, a builder, was assigned to a construction project for a SEAL team.

Walker’s accuser testified that what began as a consensual sexual encounter in Walker’s hotel room turned violent after she insisted that he uses a condom.

He reluctantly did so, she said, but after it came off twice, she asked Walker to stop. Instead, he used force, she added.

“I tried to get away, but I couldn’t,” she said. “The next thing there was a hand around my neck.”

Walker was choking her, pinning her head to the mattress and making it difficult to breathe, she testified.

“I was very fearful of my life,” she added. “I didn’t want to be choked again. So I let him have his way,” she said.

According to the testimony, the accuser met Walker on a night-out with three other young women, all American Peace Corps volunteers.

The three other women testified for the defence, two of them by telephone from Uganda. At one point during the evening in Kampala, the conversation turned to how long it had been since each of the four women had sex.

It was determined that Walker’s accuser had been abstinent the longest - two years. That led to a consensus that she should pair up with him for the night.

“The girls decided I needed it the most,” the accuser testified. “They kept pressuring me.”

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
FORMER president Dr. Apollo Milton Obote has been honoured for his distinguished service to Busoga College Mwiri and the nation....
THE Ministry of Health has appealed to religious groups to counsel men to stop having extramarital sex to stem the raising rates of HIV infections....
THE Chinese community in Uganda on Tuesday celebrated their 62nd independence anniversary....
MAKERERE University has sued the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) over a sh16.7b pension savings package it claims the insurance giant owes it....
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni will lead the alumni of the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Uganda to a fundraising drive targeting sh1b for the Tanzania-based institution....
THE UPDF officers, dressed in neatly pressed uniforms complete with gleaming black boots, took to the podium, many accompanied by their spouses. Then, they were decorated....
Is Uganda ready for the pope's visit?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter