From the Coast Guard a conviction for sexual assault in Alameda from the Alameda Patch here. There are at least 10 different ways lawmakers in the Capitol could misconstrue what possibly happened here.
Fireman Elmer Molina, 25, was stationed at the Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma at the time of the two assaults and the alleged assault, and he had previous sexual relationships with the three women that he knew from the Coast Guard bases in Alameda and Petaluma, Chief Warrant Officer and Coast Guard spokesman Donnie Brzuska said Friday afternoon.
Molina was convicted on Nov. 9 of a sexual assault on Nov. 4, 2012, in the victim’s Rohnert Park apartment, and of an April 5, 2013, sexual assault at his residence at 7788 Bridgit Drive in Rohnert Park, Brzuska said.
The sexual assault allegations first surfaced after a female Coast Guard member reported Molina raped her in a Rohnert Park hotel room in March 2012, Brzuska said.
The Coast Guard launched a comprehensive investigation, but Molina was ultimately found not guilty of that allegation, Brzuska said.
But during the investigation of the alleged rape in March 2012, the Coast Guard learned about the Nov. 4, 2012, and April 5, 2013, sexual assaults, Brzuska said.
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A military jury sentenced Molina on Nov. 9 to a bad conduct discharge, reduction to the lowest enlisted pay grade, 60-days’ restriction and 90 days of hard labor without confinement, Brzuska said.
In unrelated news from Politico, here, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced yesterday:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will seek a floor vote on her original military sexual assault proposal after supporters threatened to abandon the New York Democrat’s effort if she made changes that weakened it.
“We’re going to stick to the original plan because it’s a better bill,” Gillibrand said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ referring to an amendment that would overhaul the Pentagon’s military justice system by removing the chain of command from all major military crimes.
Military.com reports, here, on a POGO letter to SecDef asking him to remove the head of DoD’s sexual assault response effort.
A government watchdog — the Project on Government Oversight — sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking him to remove Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton from his command of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at the Pentagon.
The letter cites a report by the Department of Defense Inspector General which found Patton, who was then the deputy commander of an Afghan training mission, had “restricted subordinates from communicating with IG investigators [in an investigation unrelated to the sexual assault issues his office is now addressing].”
In a page taken from Law and Order, an accused officer will argue that his identical twin brother is the source of DNA found in sexual assault cases involving young girls. Stars and Stripes coveeage here.
And I am every Navy commander that has made a port visit in the Phillipines is over-noted that so-called Fat Leonard is being held without bail and thus has every incentive to sing like canary. La Times report here.
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H/t Defense News EB