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November 2019
Tim Bilecki

Weekend with Girl in Waikiki Gets Marine into Trouble, Bilecki Negotiates Plea

Wrongful Use Cocaine, Sexual Assault, Breaking Restriction
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii
Marine Private First Class – E-3
SILT approved.

A Marine Private First Class was charged at a general court-martial with sexual assault, wrongful use of cocaine, and breaking restriction after a weekend in Honolulu gone wrong with a girl he met in Waikiki. The Marine was already on restriction for other minor misconduct when he decided to take an Uber into Waikiki and meet up with a girl he had met online, instead of staying on base. They went out drinking, and, based on the urinalysis administered to him on the Monday he returned to work, he had consumed cocaine with her. Unfortunately for this Marine, she also accused him of sexual assault for being too drunk to consent to the sex they had in a Waikiki hotel room after going to Rum Fire until closing.

After the allegation and positive urinalysis, the Marine was placed in Pre-Trial Confinement at the Naval Brig on Ford Island, and his first call was to Bilecki. Immediately after being retained, we spoke with the prosecution team and negotiated a plea agreement in the best interest of the Marine, and frankly, the Marine Corps. Instead of facing a criminal trial, he was separated in lieu of trial with what is known as a SILT. This got him out of the brig, prevented a criminal conviction, and was a good resolution for both parties, as the sexual assault allegations were weak, but the cocaine positive and breaking restriction was going to stick.

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