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Court Martial convicts Marine NCO on sexual abuse charges

Date Posted: 2008-05-18

A Marine staff sergeant has been found guilty of abusive sexual conduct charges by a military court martial and sentenced to four years in prison.
Tyrone L. Hadnott was convicted Friday at a court martial on Camp Foster for his involvement with a 14-year-old Okinawa girl last February. Hadnott, assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, had originally been arrested by Okinawa police February 11th and accused of raping the junior high school student after picking her up at an ice cream parlor in Okinawa City. The general court martial dropped rape charges, as well as charges of kidnapping through luring, adultery and making a false official statement.
The 38-year-old Hadnott, who waived his right to a pretrial investigative hearing, pleaded guilty to charges of abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 during a pretrial agreement. He had admitted touching the young teenís underwear after taking her to his Kitanakagusuku home, but denied raping her. He will serve three years in the brig, be reduced to the rank of private, forfeit all pay and allowances, and be given a dishonorable discharge.
Lt. Col. David S. Oliver, the Marine Corps presiding judge, tried the case after Hadnott and his attorney, Lt. Col. David M. Jones, asked he be tried by only a military judge, instead of by a court martial jury. Hadnottís original arrest came after the girl claimed he raped her in a car in Chatan Town. Japanese prosecutors refused to prosecute Hadnott after the girl withdrew her accusation against him, saying she only wanted to be left alone.
The Marine Corps, after taking custody of Hadnott on February 29th, saw Maj. Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 3rd Marine Division commanding general, refer the staff sergeant to trial by general court martial.

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