Tech. segeant's fate in jury's hands
Stars and Stripes June 6, 2003
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The fate of a father charged with raping his daughter will be left to a jury of military officers.
After pleading not guilty to all but one of the charges or specifications against him, the accused technical sergeant chose to have his case heard by officers — and no enlisted members. The jury was expected to be assembled Thursday on the third day of general court-martial proceedings.
On Wednesday, the 374th Communications Squadron member pleaded not guilty to raping his daughter, indecent assault and possessing child pornography. He pleaded guilty to secretly filming his daughter, who was 20 at the time, while she changed clothes in the privacy of her room.
That charge carries a maximum punishment of four months in jail, reduction to E-1, and forfeiture of two-thirds pay and allowance for four months.
The accused could receive life in prison if convicted of rape. There was no pretrial agreement in the case.
Stars and Stripes policy is not to name the alleged victim in sexual-assault cases — or the accused, if doing so would identify the alleged victim.
The only testimony on the record Wednesday came from the accused after the military judge, Col. David Brash, asked him to explain the videotaping.
The man told the judge he initially set the camera up in the corner of the closet to see if his daughter’s boyfriend stopped by the house during lunch. The alleged victim was living with her father at the time on Yokota’s West side.
“I continued to set up the camera, even though I knew she was naked in there,” he said.