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January 2022
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Dismantles Prosecution’s Assault Case, Gets Acquittal on Most Charges

Assault x 10, Strangulation, Obstruction of Justice, Conduct Unbecoming
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
Navy Lieutenant – O-3
Mixed findings, 9 months confinement, client retired after serving confinement sentence.

This case involving a Navy Lieutenant underscores the importance of a robust defense, especially when faced with severe allegations. The circumstances of this case were unique, with a mix of tangible video evidence and subjective testimonies.

A home security camera captured the Lieutenant in what was perceived as an act of assault. While the footage was unequivocal, the context surrounding the incident was not immediately evident. Further complicating the situation was a separate video evidence depicting the accuser and our client engaging in consensual activities typically considered private. This footage became crucial when the accuser presented markings on her neck as evidence of strangulation, attributing them to our client. However, these markings were consistent with their consensual activities shown in the video.

Despite these serious accusations, post-incident communications from the accuser to our client contradicted her claims. She penned numerous affectionate letters to him, which appeared inconsistent with someone who was alleging harm.

The prosecution, determined to build a strong case, leaned heavily on the accuser’s testimony. This individual had previously been involved with other Navy personnel, bringing additional complexities to the case. Bilecki’s defense team aimed to highlight inconsistencies in her narrative and questioned the motives behind her allegations.

Ultimately, our vigorous defense strategy led to an acquittal on most charges. The sole exception was the assault captured on camera, resulting in a 9-month confinement for the Lieutenant. Despite this setback, he was permitted to retire with full benefits.

This case serves as a potent reminder of the necessity to challenge allegations, regardless of one’s perceived culpability, to ensure justice and fairness within the military legal system.

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