Over 500+ Successful Court Cases & Counting: See Reviews ➔
500+ Successful Court Cases & Counting: See Reviews ➔
January 2020
Girish K

Bumble Hookup Gets Army SGT into Trouble, Bilecki Has Charges Disposed

Sexual Assault
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Army Sergeant – E-5
Sexual assault charges withdrawn and dismissed after the Article 32. Case disposed of Administratively.

In a case of a Bumble hookup gone horribly wrong, an Army Sergeant found himself under investigation and later charged at a court martial for sexual assault. The accusation arose after he met a woman on Bumble; they went out to dinner, had drinks, and went back to her place and had sex. The Sergeant left her apartment while she was asleep and ghosted her after that, despite her continuing to contact him. When she finally realized that he was never going to call her again, she alleged that the event was sexual assault.

The Sergeant had sexual assault charges preferred against him at a general court martial, and he then retained military sexual assault defense attorney Tim Bilecki, who immediately commenced a thorough investigation. Our read on the case was clear: the complainant likely fabricated the accusation, ostensibly due to being upset over the Sergeant’s departure and lack of further communication post-encounter.

The case proceeded to the Article 32 preliminary hearing. At the hearing, we presented a defense based on consent and mistake of fact as to consent, as well as the motive to fabricate, stemming from our client ghosting the alleged victim after the encounter. While not the most gentlemanly action, it didn’t criminalize the encounter.

The Article 32 Hearing Officer concluded that while the case would likely not result in a conviction, it met the low standard of probable cause. However, the charges were never referred to trial because the complainant withdrew her participation, likely due to the defense’s efforts at the Article 32 hearing, and the case was disposed of administratively.

Defending Service Members Globally

Wherever Duty Calls, Our Defense Follows

More Cases Like this

Army

Camp Humphreys, Korea

Fraternization, Maltreatment, Sexual Assault

Army

Okinawa, Japan

Larceny, Curfew Violation

Army

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Sexual Assault

0 +

Years of Experience

0 +

Court Martial Verdicts

0 +

Service Members Represented

0 m+

Miles Traveled