Sunday, August 2, 2009

Top enlisted submarine chief sentenced for child rape

When I was with the now defunct Seattle Pee Eye newspaper before it became something online and dropped military and veterans affairs as a beat, I reported in February the case of Navy Master Chief Daniel C. Jones, 39, a senior enlisted man at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor who had been charged with child rape.

The Kitsap Sun says Jones was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges of raping a teenage girl and trying to have sex with another by Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie.

Jones had served as "chief of the boat" for the Blue crew of the Bangor-based Trident nuclear submarine USS Louisiana.As I reported in May in the now defunct Seattle P-I newspaper's "Now Hear This" blog (which I will try to post in archives here):

The case began Jan. 13 when, the charges allege, Jones had sex with a teenage girl after showing her a book about adults having sexual intercourse with children at a home in Central Kitsap. A second adolescent girl told the pastor of a church that she had seen the same book....

Jones arrest was the third time in a less than a year that a senior enlisted man from the Navy base has been charged with a sex crime against children, all unrelated incidents.

In June 2008, Naval Base Kitsap's top enlisted man, command master chief Edward Scott, 43, was sentenced to nine months in jail with eight years suspended for second-degree attempted rape of a child and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Scott pleaded guilty in March 2008 after he was arrested when he showed up at a Bremerton motel, thinking he was meeting a mother and her 12-year-old twins for sex. The mother, however, was an undercover agent facilitating a month-long sting operation.

Last August, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service arrested a former sailor-of-the-year on child rape charges filed by Kitsap County authorities.

Chief Electronics Technician David Allan Holmes, 39, an 18-year veteran who had served on the submarine USS Ohio, was charged with first- and second-degree child rape charges, accused of raping a teenage girl and her brother.

Court records indicate Holmes was granted $200,000 bail and his case has not yet gone to trial. A hearing slated for Feb. 9 was continued, court papers indicate.

Holmes, married with children, was the 2007 Sailor of the Year for Submarine Development Squadron 5 and previously had served on the now-retired USS Parche, a highly decorated intelligence-gathering submarine.

Holmes case is still awaiting trial, but two months ago, his case took an interesting twist when his wife, Brenda Kay Holmes, 40, of Silverdale, also was charged with second-degree rape in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Brenda Kay Holmes joined her husband in being similarly accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl. Prosecutors told the Kitsap Sun both knew both children they are accused of raping.

According to the Sun, court documents allege the couple forced the girl to watch them have sex when she was as young as 6 years old, and that prosecutors have evidence of sexual contact between the girl and both Brenda and David Holmes.

Citing court documents, the Sun also reported taht text from e-mails suggest Brenda Kay Holmes was angry about her husband's interest in the minor and planned to speak with him about it when he arrived home from deployment.

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