Brown free on $75,000 bond; banned from W. Virginia until hearing
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Marine Maj. Michael J. Brown is free on $75,000 bond and banned from West Virginia until a Jan. 30 hearing on a charge of kidnapping.
Brown — found guilty in a Japanese court last summer of attempting an indecent act on a Filipina barmaid on Okinawa — is charged with kidnapping a teenage girl in West Virginia on Oct. 2. He was arrested at his brother’s Laurel, Md., home on Oct. 4 after the girl identified him as the man she said impersonated a law enforcement officer and took her from a Milton, W.Va., flea market on the pretense of investigating fraudulent collectible coins.
Brown transferred to Quantico, Va., in September, where he awaits separation from the Marine Corps. A hearing there is scheduled for Nov. 29.
Brown, who had no prior convictions before his arrest on Okinawa in late 2002, originally was charged with attempting to rape the barmaid, who had agreed to take him home from the Camp Courtney Officers Club after a night of drinking.
During the highly publicized trial, which lasted 19 months, the woman retracted her story and Brown eventually was convicted of the lesser charge and of destroying her cell phone.
He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years.
Brown was released from jail in West Virginia after appearing in court Oct. 31 and agreeing to neither enter nor pass through West Virginia until his hearing and to remain in the custody of his brother, Raymond Brown, in Maryland, according to a report in The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va.
He will be allowed to report to his command in Virginia but is subject to random telephone calls to verify he remains with his brother, according to the news account.