NO Federal Conviction, NO Confinement, NO Sex Offender Registration.
December 8, 2015, Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska, U.S. v. E-3. Airman First Class is accused of committing sexual acts with a child between the ages of 12 and 16. Airman denied these allegations that could result in confinement and registration as a sex offender. His detailed Air Force defense counsel advised him early in the case to take a guilty plea which would have resulted in confinement as well as registration. Airman First Class instead retains Mr. Gapasin to defend him in his court-martial. Gapasin represented client at the Article 32 Preliminary Hearing where he conducted substantial crime scene investigations and witness interviews. Gapasin filed several motions requiring the Court to compel the Government to turn over the minor's school disciplinary records, high school reports, any school counselings as well as mental health records. Minor refused to testify regarding these matters. Following Gapasin's motions, client opts to request discharge in lieu of a court-martial. Government approves the request. RESULT: NO Federal Conviction, NO Confinement, NO Sex Offender Registration.