USS Ronald Reagan sailor gets 2 years in prison for sexually assaulting fellow sailor, strangling civilian

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The USS Ronald Reagan maneuvers along the South Korean coast ahead of a port visit to Busan, Oct. 21, 2017.  MACADAM WEISSMAN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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The USS Ronald Reagan maneuvers along the South Korean coast ahead of a port visit to Busan, Oct. 21, 2017. MACADAM WEISSMAN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO

USS Ronald Reagan sailor gets 2 years in prison for sexually assaulting fellow sailor, strangling civilian

by: Caitlin Doornbos | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 16, 2018

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Ronald Reagan aviation ordnanceman has been sentenced to two years in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting a fellow sailor, lying to Naval Criminal Investigative Services and strangling a civilian woman.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Garcia, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault consummated by battery, making a false official statement and aggravated assault. He was originally charged with two counts of abusive sexual contact causing bodily harm but pleaded down to the assault charges in a pre-trial agreement with prosecutors.

The first assault happened Oct. 22, 2017, during a Ronald Reagan port visit in Busan, South Korea, Garcia admitted in court Wednesday. After a night of drinking with friends, Garcia’s first victim said she lost consciousness and woke up in her hotel room to Garcia forcefully penetrating her with his hand and mouth, causing her pain.

“I remember telling him to stop and that I didn’t want this,” his victim told the court Wednesday. “He said, ‘You don’t [expletive] want this?’ … I just physically couldn’t get him off of me.”

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