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February 2021
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Leverages Negotiation Training, Clears Army LTC of Multiple Sex Charges

Wrongful Sexual Contact x2, Assault x3, Obstruction of Justice x2, Sexual Harassment, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Army Lieutenant Colonel – O-5
Sexual assault charges dismissed, no confinement, no felony conviction. Full retirement.

Retirement-eligible Army Lieutenant Colonel was charged at a general court martial with:

  • two specifications of wrongful sexual contact,
  • three specifications of assault,
  • two specifications of obstruction of justice,
  • one specification of sexual harassment,and
  • one specification of conduct unbecomingan officer.  

Court martial attorney Timothy Bilecki was retained while this Officer was still under investigation and prior to charges being preferred.  This provided the defense team the ability to conduct an independent investigation prior to the charging decision being made and then utilize those investigative materials at the Article 32 preliminary hearing.  

Instead of simply waiving the Article 32 hearing like many military defense attorneys do, Bilecki aggressively litigated the probable cause hearing and filed RCM 405(k) matters to shape how the court martial would play out.  The aggressive posture at the Article 32 hearing was instrumental in setting up a successful negotiation with the prosecution team while keeping an eye towards trying the case to verdict.  

The negotiations in this matter were complex, and the defense and government started a world apart. Bilecki’s defense team sought a resolution that allowed the Officer to retire, not receive a felony conviction and not go to prison.  The government was seeking a felony conviction, sex offender registration, prison time and dismissal from the Army with no retirement.  

man and woman in tunnel

Mr. Bilecki, who has received formal training in complex negotiations through Babson F.W. Olin School of Business, led the charge in what turned into a several-month-long negotiation between the defense and government.  The negotiations were ultimately won by Tim Bilecki, and an agreement was reached in which all sexual assault-related charges were dismissed; our client would not receive a felony conviction and could retire from the Army with all her benefits intact.  

This case was just another example of why complex legal problems often require not only an experienced attorney but also one who possesses strong negotiation skills and has been formally trained as a negotiator.  

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