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November 2018
Tim Bilecki

Army W-2 Faces Fraternization Charges, Receives GOMOR but Stays in Service

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Army Warrant Officer – W-2
General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) but continued to serve in the Army without facing separation.

An Army Warrant Officer at Schofield Barracks faced an AR 15-6 Investigation for fraternization, which is a formal fact-finding inquiry used by the Army to investigate allegations of wrongdoing. Following the initiation of this investigation, the Warrant Officer retained Tim Bilecki, a military defense attorney known for his expertise in UCMJ Article 134 cases in Hawaii, to navigate through the legal challenges.

Bilecki’s first step was to conduct a thorough investigation to contest the fraternization allegations and aim for a finding that the matter was unsubstantiated. Despite these efforts, the AR 15-6 Investigating Officer concluded there was substantial evidence of an inappropriate, likely sexual relationship between the Warrant Officer and a junior Soldier, leading to the substantiation of the allegations.

The case was then referred to the command, where the Commanding General had the authority to decide on disciplinary actions. The General issued a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR), a formal military reprimand that can significantly impact an officer’s career.

In response, Bilecki drafted an extensive rebuttal to the GOMOR, emphasizing the Warrant Officer’s prior exemplary service and attempting to divert attention from the relationship. Despite these efforts, the GOMOR was filed permanently in the Warrant Officer’s record. However, Bilecki’s advocacy ensured that the case did not escalate to an Officer Show Cause Board, which could have led to separation from the Army.

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