Former Okinawa Marine convicted in kidnapping case

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 19, 2009

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A former Marine major who gained international notoriety in a 19-month trial for attempted rape on Okinawa entered two pleas equaling a conviction Friday to attempting to kidnap an 18-year-old West Virginia girl in 2005.

Michael Brown, 46, of Texas, was sentenced to three years of probation on the felony charge and a companion misdemeanor petty larceny charge in Cabell County Circuit Court, according to the Huntington, W.Va., Herald-Dispatch.

Two years of the probation are to be spent in home confinement, and Brown agreed to pay restitution and all court costs, the paper reported.

Brown entered Kennedy pleas to both charges, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged the prosecution had enough evidence to prove his guilt.

The charges stem from an Oct. 2, 2005, incident in which Brown, allegedly upset that collectible coins he had purchased a few weeks before at a flea market were worthless, returned to the flea market representing himself as a federal officer and led the girl away under the pretense of taking her in for questioning.

He also took three boxes of rare coins allegedly worth about $1,000, which he agreed to return.

The girl escaped from Brown’s car a few hours later after realizing he was not an officer, according to West Virginia State Police.

In 2002, Brown, then a Marine major assigned to Camp Courtney, was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a barmaid who had given him a ride to his off-base home from the Camp Courtney Officers Club.

In July 2004, he was convicted of the lesser charge of attempting an indecent act. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years.

On Feb. 1, 2006, he was demoted to captain in connection with the Okinawa incident and involuntarily retired after 21 years of service.

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