MARINE MAJOR APPEALS MOLESTATION
CONVICTION – BEATS RAPE CHARGE
GETS SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE
AND $1,400 FINE – BARMAID RECANTED
EARLIER TESTIMONY – OFFICER WILL
SEEK TO RETIRE FROM THE CORPS

The nine-month long nightmare of Marine Maj. Michael Brown is not yet over.

The 20-year veteran and former enlisted man has appealed his conviction by a district court on Okinawa, that found him “guilty” of “attempting an indecent act” with an officer's club barmaid and destroying her cell phone.

Brown got a one-year suspended prison sentence and was fined $1,400. The officer had already spent five months in the rat-infested Japanese jail on Naha after the Marines handed the major over to local authorities.

ACCUSER ADMITS TO FALSE TESTIMONY

Charges he tried to “rape” her, fell apart after Victoria Nakamine, 41, told the court she had been put up to accusing the officer of the more serious charge by Japanese police and prosecutors.

Tensions are high on Okinawa, and Japanese authorities have been known to seize upon any violation or perceived “sexual misconduct” by U.S. forces, to use in the political dispute on whether or not American forces should remain on the island they won from Japan during World War II.

Nakimine said Brown had only broken her cell phone and made her angry, not trying to rape her. The Filipino national said they had an argument after the officer allegedly tried to kiss her and urged her to do a “Monica” on him as the couple rode back to Brown’s off-post quarters from the O-Club at Camp Courtney.

The Marine field-grade maintained a dispute broke out after he “resisted” her suggestion the two have sex. Brown is married, and his supportive wife was in the Naha, Okinawa courtroom every day during the July proceedings.

ANOTHER “EMBARRASSMENT” FOR THE CORPS

The case has been one of many embarrassments to the Corps in the past year. Sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com the Marines are unlikely to file charges of their own against Maj. Brown.

“It would be stupid to drag this thing out any longer and further hurt the image of American forces on Okinawa,” a courtroom observer said.

“Anyway – Brown wants to retire from the Corps as soon as possible. Even the top brass aren’t cruel or dumb enough to try and deprive him of his pension, in light of his accuser’s testimony she was coerced by local authorities into exaggerating what really happened on that night back in November, 2003,” the source said.

The appeal to the Japanese court faces an uncertain fate, as the Naha authorities found Brown “guilty” of trying to force the barmaid to perform an act on him, well-known to former U.S. armed forces “Commander-in-Chief” Bill Clinton. They also maintained the major did indeed destroy Nakamine’s cell phone by tossing it from a car window after she allegedly grabbed his wallet and refused to give it back.