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June 2023
Tim Bilecki

Case Result: Marine Defense Competent Representation in Court

Allegations: Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Child, Attempted Lewd Act on a Child, Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), Production of CSAM, Distribution of CSAM.
Okinawa, Japan
Marines | Lance Corporal,E-3
Facing 230 Years, negotiated a 3-5 Year Plea Deal, Sentenced to 42 months.

Competent representation for the defense is a hallmark of our justice system in western civilization. It’s a little known legal fact in history, but the counsel who defended the British soldiers who perpetrated the Boston Massacre was none other than founding father John Adams. Everyone gets competent defense and that should be the case for every U.S. service member facing court martial, regardless of the charges.

Such was the case for a young Marine facing some extremely serious charges and to make matters more complicated, this Marine did indeed commit some of the acts alleged against him. This particular Marine was stationed on Okinawa and subsequently traveled to the Japanese mainland with the intent to meet a minor for sexual purposes. The location the Marine chose to meet with this teenage girl was the playground on Yokosuka Naval Base. The Marine then took video of the incident and added Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) charges to the mix.

He was now facing a maximum sentence of 230 years in prison and while there those who would applaud such a sentence given the nature of the charges, justice demanded he receive a competent defense. The Marine retained UCMJ attorney Tim Bilecki for his defense and Bilecki will always do our duty. We flew to Japan and began working to mitigate the consequences of his actions.

Bilecki engaged in rigorous negotiations with prosecutors and because there were questionable circumstances about the nature of the meet up, a strategy was formed. The negotiations were intense, but the outcome was that the Marine would plead guilty to the charges of wrongfully producing and distributing CSAM while maintaining not guilty pleas to the other charges. This new deal stipulated a sentencing range between 3 to 5 years, which is just a tad shorter than the 230 year maximum he was facing.

Bilecki was on the ground in Okinawa advocating vigorously on behalf of his client and the outcome was settled at 42 months of confinement. We’d call that an adequate and competent defense and though the Marine deserved some accountability for his decision, there will be a point in his life where he can pursue better choices. If you are facing a court martial and you know you messed up, you still don’t have to take the worst the prosecution can throw at you. You can benefit from such a competent defense and you can secure for yourself the best possible outcome

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