Sailor faces court-martial for alleged rape in Bahrain
June 7, 2006
A 26-year-old sailor stationed in Bahrain faces a general court-martial this week for allegedly raping a woman Navy officials said was a friend. Officials said the reported victim was not another U.S. sailor.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Jerome King, a flight support aviation technician stationed at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, is charged with rape, forcible sodomy, assault with intent to commit rape, adultery, and indecent assault, according to information provided through Cmdr. Jeff Breslau, a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet spokesman.
If convicted, King faces a maximum punishment of confinement for life, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the lowest pay grade of E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a fine, Breslau said in an e-mail.
The court-martial is slated to begin Saturday at the Navy base, and expected to last about a week.
The alleged incident took place Oct. 25 at the woman’s off-base home, officials said. Citing the sensitive nature of the case, officials declined to provide additional information on the woman other than saying she is a third country national who is not Bahraini.
King was charged after Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials investigated the alleged incident. He has not been jailed pending the start of the court-martial.