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Navy Officer Sobs As He’s Sentenced To 20 Years For Sex Crime

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A Navy officer sobbed as he was sentenced to 20 years in jail Friday and kicked out of the service for sexually assaulting women, among other offenses.

A jury convicted Lt. j.g. Willie Jeter of burglary, unlawful entry, communicating a threat and conduct unbecoming an officer among a handful of other charges after a court-martial at Norfolk Naval Station, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

In one of the cases of sexual assault, Jeter sneaked into the unlocked apartment of a 19-year-old female student at Hampton University and started masturbating. When the student woke up, he told her to take off her pants. She said no, and so he then said if she told anyone, he’d shoot her.

“It’s surprising,” Jeter’s neighbor Yolanda Earl said back in September 2016 at the date of the incident. “I met this young man a few times and he was really nice. He was really supportive on some of the things I was doing.”

That very same day, another student from the same university at a different apartment woke up to Jeter masturbating beside her bed. She fell back asleep, as she thought she was dreaming. The second time she woke up, Jeter had climbed into her bed and started assaulting her.

Jeter was also convicted of extorting sex from a female subordinate in 2014 while serving on the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. He discovered her having sex with another sailor while in ship switchboard room and told her he wouldn’t report the incident if she had sex with him.

“He takes advantage of situations where he has the upper hand,” Navy prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. Lauren Mayo said Friday.

He was also convicted Friday of drunk driving in January.

Due to his actions, Jeter, who enlisted in the Navy in 2011, will have to register as a sex offender.

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