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NAPLES, Italy — A Gaeta security guard pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with an underage girl who attended a school he sometimes guarded.

Seaman Apprentice Anthony K. Evans Jr., 20, was found guilty at a summary court-martial of carnal knowledge and indecent liberties with a child.

The charges stem from two consensual incidents that occurred off base in July 2003 with the 14-year-old daughter of a chief petty officer. Evans, who was 19 at the time, sometimes stood guard outside the kindergarten through eighth-grade Gaeta American School, where he chatted with the girl.

Evans’ actions lowered the esteem of the department in the eyes of some community members, according to the leading chief petty officer for the Gaeta Security Department.

“We work very hard maintaining the rules and regulations ... it is always difficult to see one of our own be accused,” testified Senior Chief Petty Officer Timothy Gravgaard.

The hearing officer, Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Truitt, sentenced Evans to 30 days’ confinement and reduction to E-1.

The girl’s mother wrote to congressmen and President Bush protesting the decision by the Gaeta commanding officer, Cmdr. Nannette Roberts, to send the case to a summary court-martial, where the maximum penalty is 30 days confinement, forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one month and reduction to E-1.

“It’s a slap on the wrist,” the mother said in an interview. “He needed to be listed on a sex-offender list.”

But Roberts said, “Based on all the facts of the investigation, I felt that justice would be served with a summary court-martial.”

Evans, of Henderson, Texas, also will face administrative separation procedures, which could include an other-than-honorable discharge.


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