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June 2020
Tim Bilecki

Night of Drinking Ends in Sex Assault Case for Air Force TSgt, Bilecki Defends

Sexual Assault
Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan
Air Force Technical Sergeant – E-6
Chapter 6 request for discharge in lieu of court martial approved.

An Air Force Technical Sergeant was charged with two specifications of sexual assault in violation of Article 120, UCMJ, after a fellow Airman accused him of sexual assault after a night of drinking where she claimed she was too intoxicated to consent to sex.  

Court martial lawyer for UCMJ Article 120 sexual assault, Tim Bilecki, was retained after charges were preferred and flew to Okinawa, Japan, for the Article 32 hearing. Surprisingly, the alleged victim testified as a government witness at the Article 32, and attorney Bilecki was able to aggressively cross-examine her, expositing significant holes in her story as well as a motive to fabricate.

The Article 32 Preliminary Hearing Officer found No Probable Cause and made a recommendation to the Convening Authority not to go forward with the case. Despite the recommendation, the government referred the charges to a General Court Martial. Being risk-averse, our client submitted a Chapter 6, Discharge in Lieu of Court Martial request, which was ultimately approved.

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