A doctor who is being expelled from the Navy was charged by Kitsap County prosecutors Thursday with failing to register as a sex offender, according to attorneys familiar with the case.
State law requires people convicted of certain sex crimes to register as sex offenders within three days of arriving in a new state.
But Velasquez, who arrived in Kitsap County in early July, was convicted in a court martial at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan and it was unclear at first if his conviction required registration, lawyers involved in the case say.
The lieutenant commander pleaded guilty to two counts of wrongful sexual contact with patients and two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer in May, serving seven days in a Yokosuka brig, according to Stars and Stripes newspaper. He was sentenced to two years in prison, a $28,000 fine and forfeiture of all pay and allowances, but those punishments will be waived if he doesn’t commit a crime in the next year, the publication said.
Methinks he is in danger of some part of his confinement being vacated? This is a case which gained some notoriety because of the sentence and publically upset victims. Here is a link to my earlier post on this court-martial in May 2010.