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A sailor convicted of sexual assault was sentenced Friday to 18 months of confinement plus two months of hard labor at a general court-martial on Yokosuka Naval Base.

Seaman Christopher Gregory, 21, formerly assigned to the USS Harpers Ferry at Sasebo Naval Base, was found guilty Thursday after a trial that began Monday, according to Sasebo Naval Base spokesman Chuck Howard.

The charges stem from an assault on a Navy spouse in the city of Sasebo in June.

Gregory was arrested after a daylong, citywide manhunt that included a mandatory muster for all base personnel after a report by the wife of a sailor that she was knocked to the ground and assaulted while walking downtown the night of June 27.

A passer-by found the woman lying on a sidewalk near Sasebo General Hospital at 3:39 a.m.

She told police a stocky man in his 20s grabbed her from behind and punched her in the face before pushing her to the ground and sexually assaulting her.

Gregory was arrested later that day. He was later transferred to Yokosuka Naval Base, where he remained confined awaiting trial.

"At the end of the 18 months [Gregory] will then perform two months of hard labor and forfeit all pay during his period of confinement," Howard said in a news release.

"In addition, U.S. federal law requires that Seaman Gregory will have to register as a sex offender in any community that he resides in the United States."


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