Some charges dropped for Yokosuka sailor
November 30, 2007
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The remaining charges against a sailor who pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering his child were dropped at his court-martial Wednesday.
Charges of disobeying a military protective order and multiple specifications of spousal assault were dismissed without prejudice against Petty Officer 1st Class Arthur Martin. The Commander Naval Forces Japan fire controlman will be sentenced for the reckless endangerment charge and for showing up to work drunk. Military judge Capt. Dennis Bengtson said the case had a “unique set of circumstances.”
Martin pleaded guilty to the incapacitation and reckless endangerment charges Tuesday, testifying that he and his 1-year-old son fell from the third story of their off-base apartment building Dec. 30 as he was attempting to reach the second-floor fire escape after drinking two bottles of wine.
The child fell again when Martin tripped while running to Yokosuka Naval Base for medical help, and received a fractured skull and minor bruising, he said. Martin was “incapacitated” for work later that morning.
Sentencing was expected later in the week, Bengtson said.