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March 2019
Tim Bilecki

Army SSG Cleared of Sexual Assault, Sentence for False Statement Suspended

Sexual Assault
Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Army Staff Sergeant – E-6
Sexual assault allegation disposed of at NJP with NG finding.

An Army Staff Sergeant at Fort Jackson faced allegations of sexual assault in March 2019. In response to these serious charges, he retained a recognized Article 120 UCMJ sexual assault attorney, Tim Bilecki, for defense.

Bilecki undertook a comprehensive investigation, which was instrumental in preventing the escalation of the case to a general court martial. Instead, the case was addressed through an Article 15 proceeding, a form of Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP).

At the Article 15 hearing, Bilecki’s team submitted extensive rebuttal materials, vigorously defending the Staff Sergeant. As a result of their efforts, the command found the Staff Sergeant not guilty of the Article 120 (sexual assault) charge. However, he was found guilty of Article 107 (making a false official statement), but notably, his sentence for this charge was suspended.

The outcome represented a significant shift from potentially facing a general court martial for both Article 120 and Article 107 offenses to receiving a suspended sentence for the Article 107 violation at NJP. This resolution was a substantial victory in the context of the initial allegations.

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