Sailor accused of soliciting teen must stay in Australia
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Australia will retain jurisdiction in the case of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Wayne Budd, authorities there said Thursday.
Budd was charged with using the Internet to solicit what he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex. He was released on bail in the Sydney area July 3 but was ordered to remain at an undisclosed address in New South Wales.
“He will remain in Australia,” said Alison Barnard, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate in Australia.
She said Budd is scheduled for a hearing Monday.
The Navy filed for jurisdiction on the case shortly after the New South Wales Police Force’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit arrested Budd on June 23.
Budd was picked up at the Sydney airport after he flew there from Queensland, allegedly to meet a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be a police officer posing as a girl online.
Budd, an electronics technician with the Navy’s San Diego-based Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, was in the country participating in a U.S.-Australia military exercise.