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US Servicemember Barred From Deploying After Caught Masturbating In Front Of Kids

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A judge in Milwaukee, Wisc., has ruled that a U.S. servicemember is not allowed to deploy after he was caught masturbating in front of a girl and her little brother.

The 54-year-old man, who remains unnamed, could head to prison for 18 months if he’s convicted of the charges levied against him, Oak Creek Patch reports.

Back in mid-October, the servicemember apparently stood in front of his hotel window overlooking a pool at the Comfort Suites in Milwaukee.

A girl and her younger brother at the pool spotted the man staring at them. The white male, described by the girl as chubby, was allegedly naked and masturbating.

She immediately looked away but looked back at the hotel window to confirm what she initially saw was actually happening.

He locked eye contact with her. The girl reported the incident to hotel staff, who were able to determine the room the man was staying in. The man, perhaps unsurprisingly, was out in the public on bail for exposing himself publicly at a Family Dollar store.

But this apparent incident in October wasn’t just the second time the man had been accused of public exposure. Numerous accusations are tied to his name.

Although the man’s attorney hoped to get approval so the man could deploy and then deal with this legal matter later when he comes back to the U.S., the court rejected the argument. It’s unclear if the man faces prosecution in the military.

Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, indecent exposure could result in a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, not to mention a year in military prison and loss of pay and allowances. Servicemembers slapped with a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge could forfeit all veteran benefits.

In 2015, two soldiers convicted of indecent exposure were both kicked out of the Army. Pvt. Dominique A. Smith was convicted of one count of indecent exposure and given a bad-conduct discharge, and 1st Lt. Steven T. Thompson was convicted of the same and dismissed from the Army.

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