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May 2016
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Contests Charges and Exonerates E-6 in Intoxicated Sexual Assault Case

Sexual Assault
Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam, Hawaii
Navy Petty Officer First Class – E-6
No jail time, mandatory minimum dishonorable discharge.

A Navy Petty Officer First Class was charged with sexual assault after sleeping with a bridesmaid whom he had met and flirted with a few days prior while being the best man at his brother’s wedding.  After the wedding ceremony, the two of them went out with others from the wedding party and, later that night, got a room together at a local motel.  The two had sex in the hotel room – both were married – and the Sailor left early the next morning before the alleged victim woke up.  

After she woke up alone and hung over at the motel, she immediately assumed she had been too drunk to consent and made a complaint for sexual assault. To make matters worse, the Sailor sent a long series of incriminating text messages to the alleged victim apologizing for his behavior while they were both intoxicated.

The case took nearly a year to get to trial.  Bilecki’s defense team fought the charges in front of a jury, putting on a case of consent / mistake of fact as to consent. The central issue came down to the alleged victim’s ability to consent, given her level of intoxication.

The jury appeared to struggle with the issue as well and acquitted our client of the serious sexual assault charges but convicted him of lesser included offenses.  At the sentencing hearing, the Sailor was only sentenced to the mandatory minimum dishonorable discharge and no confinement.  

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