You may remember the brouhaha that erupted earlier this summer over a sweetheart PTA that a Navy doctor received and concerns about whether his victims were properly informed of that PTA’s terms. One of our readers called our attention to this Stars and Stripes report that Washington State authorities have arrested the doctor, LCDR Anthony L. Velasquez, for failing to register as a sex offender. He has now been released and hasn’t been charged. The article notes:
Prosecutor Andy Anderson said it’s not yet clear whether Velasquez is required to register as a sex offender in Washington following his court-ordered dismissal from the Navy, noting that military laws regarding sexual offenses are different than state laws.
“It’s a tricky statute,” Anderson said. “The information that law enforcement had at that time, they believed he probably he was in violation. Police officers arrest people on the street, that doesn’t necessarily mean we charge everyone the police arrest, because presumably the prosecutors know a little bit more about the legal standards than the officers do.”