Reporting of Military Sex Crimes Seen Rising
Awareness Campaign, Revised Policies Credited

San Diego Union-Tribune Staff Writer
August 10, 2009


In a dimly lighted courtroom at the San Diego Naval Base, a 21-year Navy veteran pleaded guilty last month to raping a girl starting when she was 14.

As part of a plea deal reached after the victim, now 17, agreed to testify, Lt. j.g. Terry Hampleton was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Hampleton’s conviction might be a sign that an awareness campaign and revised military policies are encouraging more victims to step forward, leading to additional investigations and prosecutions.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed the military court docket covering most sailors and Marines in the western United States, including those stationed in San Diego County, and found the number of sexual-assault courts-martial between Oct. 1, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2008, went up by about 14 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.

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