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Monday, November 13, 2006

White cadet arrested in bloody brawl. Charged with sexual assault.

A white Coast Guard Academy cadet was arrested after a bloody assault early Sunday morning, 12 November 2006 at a Groton, Connecticut Navy Lodge motel.
The 19 year old Caucasian male cadet, named John K. Miller, is a 6 foot 2 inch 200 pound wide receiver on the Academy football team. He is a sophomore in the Class of 2009, and hails from Lawrence, Michigan. No doubt he was instrumental in the Academy football team ending the season with a 7 and 0 record. That is the best season they have had in a long time, even before Otto Graham. They actually played for the championship. Wow, that is a good reason to party. Invite the Track Team, Volley Ball Team and friends.
He was charged with third-degree sexual assault, breach of the peace, and unlawful restraint, also felonies. Charging unlawful restraint is another way of charging kidnapping or false imprisonment. Miller had prevented his victim from leaving one of the rented motel rooms, police said, and forced her to have sexual contact that was not traditional intercourse, according to one officer.
When he was arrested, John Miller was bleeding and had sustained a broken nose. Whoever broke his nose must have been a pretty tough cookie. A 6 foot 2 inch 200 pound football player is no pushover, even when he has been drinking. The victum was not a member of the Track or Volley Ball team. She was a civilian. Just who invited her is not known at this time.
Cadet Miller was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was released into the custody of the Commandant of Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy after posting $10,000 bail. It has not been revealed whether any of the other cadets involved spent any time in jail. John K. Miller is scheduled to appear for arraignment in New London Superior Court on 22 November 2006.
Bail is only designed to ensure the appearance of the accused in court to answer to the charges. Since Cadet John K. Miller can not be considered a flight risk, he could have been released under his own recognizance. The Magistrate Judge was sending a message by setting bail at $10,000.00. Cadet Miller was only required to pay 10 percent of that, or $1,000.00, which he will eventually get back. As a third class cadet he has ,at least, that amount or more in his cadet trust account. Cadets are paid one half an Ensign's salary while at the Academy. After monthly deductions are made for uniforms, books, and subsistance, the remainder is deposited to his trust account. The Commandt of Cadets administers the accounts for the cadets. When a cadet graduates, he receives a commission as Ensign, a Bachelor of Science Degree, and a bank book with between $5,000 and $10,000.00 in his personal account.
The Groton police were responding to a call concerning a raucous late-night party at the Navy Lodge. John K. Miller was among a group of people who had rented rooms for the weekend. It has yet to be determined how many of the other party revelers were Coast Guard Academy cadets. Nor was it revealed how many of the randy revelers were actually registered guests at the motel.
There is a strong possibility that some of the female cadets questioned in the Webster Smith were at the Navy Lodge that early morning. They had no idea how fast karma would come full circle. Having dodged a bullet, gives one a false sense of invincibility.
Cadet John K. Miller entered the Academy in 2005 after graduating from Wayland Academy, a high school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He grew up in Lawrence, Michigan.
The Academy public relations office knew this, yet they deliberately tried to lead reporters away from Miller's actual home of record in Michigan. Does the Academy Superintendent or the Coast Guard have a good reason to keep reporters from looking at Michigan? What vital interests or influencial connections are they protecting?
The police arrived at about 0230 Hours Sunday morning. This would appear to be long after the expiration of any authorized liberty from the Academy.
A spokesman for the Academy, usually Chief Warrant Officer French or Chief Steve Strickland, said school officials would have no immediate comment on the cadet's arrest until they had a chance to review police reports. He said the academy will conduct its own investigation of the matter.
However, Cadet John K. Miller will not be pulled out of class, removed from the Chase Hall barracks, or forced to work at hard labor on the boat docks pending the investigation as Cadet Webster Smith was forced to do by Captain Douglas Wisniewski. Webster Smith was Black. John K. Miller is white. The senior officers making the decisions are all white. John K. Miller will get the benefit of the doubt and every presumption in his favor. His cadet photo will not be plastered all over the newspapers before any charges are filed, as was done to Webster Smith.
In another rape case involving a female cadet in the barracks at Chase Hall by a white member of the Academy football team in December 2005, the female third class cadet was also treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A Forensic Evidence kit was compiled by the New London Police Department, but the incriminating evidence was confiscated by the Commandant of Cadets, Captain Douglas Wisniewski. That evidence was never seen again. The white male cadet perpetrator was never charged in a military or a civilian court. He was allowed to quietly resign. The Academy asserted primary jurisdiction in the case because the rape had occurred on a Federal Reservation in Chase Hall. New London police failed to prosecute. Informed sources say that that case is still open and that an investigation by the New London police department is on-going.
The ink was hardly dry on Admiral James Van Sice’s Approval of the Sentence in the Smith case when John Miller was arrested for sexual assault. The Assistant Superintendent, Captain D. R. May, said that the Smith case had shown the resolve and commitment to our system of military justice, accountability and most important, our true embodiment of the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to duty. He asserted that the Academy Superintendent would never waiver from his commitment to these precious values and will ensure that they are always present in all that is done at the Academy. That sounds like a zero tolerance policy.
It is really fortunate that the John Miller arrest for sexual assault will provide Captain May with a timely and appropriate opportunity to demonstrate his resolve. It is very likely that John Miller’s entire group will provide several opportunities to demonstrate how fast a court-martial can be assembled. In my experience nearly half or all of the people present at the Navy Lodge would have been Coast Guard Academy cadets.
In the 1960’s and going back much further, it was common practice for five or ten cadets to chip in and rent a motel room and party the weekend away. The girls invited were usually local girls or townies. In those days there were no female cadets at the Academy. Today, about one-third of the cadet corps is female. It is very likely that several of the females present at the raucous sexual affair were Coast Guard Academy cadets. They probably even contributed their share of the money to rent the rooms and to buy the alcoholic refreshments.
The Academy staff has been very slow in handling the paper work on these cases. It took over four months in the Smith case for Admiral Van Sice to just sign the Convening Authority Approval of the Report of Court-martial. It will be very interesting to see how fast he can mobilize his staff in the John Miller sexual assault case. How long will it take to assign an investigation team? How many witnesses will have to be interviewed? Who will be prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and who will get an administrative discharge?
The size and magnitude of this case could not have come at a worse time for the Academy. Captain Judy Keene has just taken over as Commandant of Cadets. She will not enjoy a honeymoon period. This case surely involves many female and male cadets. It is reasonable to assume that all of the cadets are seniors and juniors. Lower class cadets do not have the money or the resources to party off base. They have not made the contacts in the civilian community to pull it all together.
Also, this case will have to determine more than just who has committed a criminal act punishable under the UCMJ. There were physical injuries sustained. There will have to be a formal investigation into whether these actions were in the line of duty. This is a separate investigation, and is called a Misconduct Line of Duty Determination. That should keep a lot of investigators and lawyers busy for quite some time.

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Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 001, 13 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge.

7:28 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

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7:33 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 002, 14 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge.

10:22 AM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 003, 15 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge; 07 Days until Court appearance of John K. Miller.

12:01 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 004, 16 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge; 06 Days until Court appearance of John K. Miller.

4:24 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Why such a muted response from Mayors?
SS in Washington writes:
This is BS. I find it telling that this cadet gets released after posting $10,000 bail. I wonder if Cadet Smith had that same opportunity.

Also, I wonder why there was a relatively muted response from the Mayors of Groton, and New London, CT when Cadet Smith was being falsely accused of charges from a bunch of evil and randy female cadets. It almost appears as if they are condoning the behavior of this white cadet. Shame on them. Instead of agressively critizicing this behavior, they state the strong ties between the community and the Coast Guard.

Reading in between the lines, "not to worry, our (white)military community in Groton, and New London has your back on this case." "This is not a big deal, just lay low for a couple of months, and this will be swept under the military rug in no time".

I can see potentially where this is going.

I believe that there was more outrage from the community on Cadet Smith's case, than this one. All of a sudden the community's response has "little effect" on the outcome of this case? Yet this case appears to be more serious than Cadet Smith's case. In fact, we are comparing apples to oranges here. But, the result will be different I believe.

This case will not get media attention, will not foment disgust at the CG judicial system, and will not result in the changing of protocol. The reason is simple: This cadet is White. Why change the status quo?

Conversely, I hope that this case results in the "missing link" to finally bring justice to Cadet Smith and dismiss all charges brought against him.

I hope that the Civil Rights agencies, Civil Liberty organizations, NAACP, Human Rights Commission, Rainbow Push Coalition, etc. are looking at this case closely.

You can guarantee that there will be a wink and nod on behalf of the prosecution and defense. Also, you can guarantee that the defense will be fighting more agressively on behalf of this defendant than they did with Cadet Smith.
SS
Disease Intervention Specialist
Pacific Northwest Public Health

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you all obviously have no clue about the facts, the response and the action being taken in this case. i will also assume that by deleting this message you will thwart my 1st amendment rights and all the other rights under the Constitution that you claim to protect.

6:58 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for your comment. You choose to remain in the shadows, but claim a 1st Amendment right to be heard on my Blog. I will grant you that. You are not as anonymous as you might hope. It is apparent from what and how you write that you are a present or former female cadet at some military academy, probably the Coast Guard Academy.
You hint that you have inside or correct information concerning this case, yet you are not forthcoming with it. If we are all so clueless, please share some of your knowledge with the rest of us. Just give us the facts. We will interpret them according to our life experiences and the light that God has given us. You might have been given more light. If so, please shine it in our dark corner.
I write as a hobby. My writing is therapeutic. A Blog makes it easy to reduce my thoughts to writing. If others want to peek into my thoughts, that is ok. That is the risk one takes when he chooses to write something in cyberspace.
What I write is the TRUTH to me. Truth wears many faces. You might not share my version of the truth. My truth is the culmination of the many roads that I have traveled. You may have traveled different roads at a different time. So, we might differ on both truth and facts.
I will accept your truth and your facts, if you want to share them. I choose to share, hence the public Blog.
What I will not accept is your reasoning or thought processes. I can think for myself. I was taught more than memorizing facts. I was taught how to think. I was also taught grammar and punctuation. I always capitalize I.
I have given you a bit more time and space than you apparently are willing to give me. I have done so because you are still young, just beginning the long journey of life. You will start to doubt some of the things that your parents have taught you as you go forth and conquer the world. Hopefully you will discard the negative, and transcend some of the barriers they erected in your mind to protect you from people like me. As you walk along life’s journey and the light of God’s truth starts to shine more brilliantly on your path, remember me as a sunny day some where near the beginning of your quest.
And remember that fleecy locks and dark complexions cannot forfeit nature’s claim. Shin may differ, but affection dwells in light and dark the same. If I were so tall as to reach the North Pole, or to grasp the ocean at a span; I still must be judged by my soul, for the mind is the standard of the man.
God bless you,
Ichbin

11:54 AM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 005, 17 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge; 05 Days until Court appearance of John K. Miller.

11:56 AM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Repairs Are Still Needed At The Academy

By David Collins, Day Staff Writer
Published on 11/17/2006

Not all the details are public yet, but from what we already know about the frat-style party last weekend in two rooms at the Navy Lodge, probably more than one Coast Guard Academy cadet is in a boatload of trouble.
Groton Town Police responded to a call at the motel for the military very early Sunday morning to find 19-year-old sophomore cadet John K. Miller, a six-foot-two, 200-pound wide receiver for the academy football team, with a bloody, broken nose.

By the time they had finished sorting things out, police had charged Miller with third-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint — felonies — and breach of peace. Miller had prevented his victim from leaving one of the rented motel rooms, police said, and forced her to have sexual contact that was “not traditional intercourse,” according to one officer.

Then, apparently, someone else gallantly interceded, delivering at least one powerful blow to Miller's face. This person was clearly no slouch, scoring a broken nose against a 200-pound football player.

“Some other party took matters into their own hands,” an officer explained.

Police have said the alleged victim of the sexual assault was not a cadet. They said that alcohol was being consumed, but would not say if Miller was intoxicated.

This couldn't come at a worse time for academy administrators, who have fumbled through some ugly scandals over the last year. These ping-ponged from extremes, from the complaint of one current and one former female cadet that their charges of sexual assault were not properly investigated to a full-blown court martial, in the spotlight of the national media, for a string of outrageous rape and sexual assault charges that largely fizzled by the end of the proceedings.

The accused cadet, who is black, was eventually cleared of a dozen charges but convicted of extorting sexual favors. He now says he was the victim of racial discrimination. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been asked to investigate, and the conviction is on its way to the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals.

And then there was the senior academy officer, eventually exonerated, who was accused of making sexually inappropriate comments.

In a survey of cadets in 2005, more than twice as many sexual assaults — eight in all — were reported during their academy careers as in the year before. Perhaps even more alarming, half of those responding to the survey said they did not have confidence in the academy's handling of reports of sexual assault.

Some of these problems have attracted fleeting attention from Congress. Coast Guard headquarters has responded, too, with a commandant-ordered task force investigation into sexual assault, racism and alcohol abuse at the academy.

Presumably, Cadet Miller and whomever else from the school he may have been partying with at the Navy Lodge are now front and center in that task force inquiry.

Fortunately, though, justice this time is the hands of the Connecticut courts. Miller is due to appear before a state judge Nov. 22.

Were I able, I would include myself with those in the cadet corps expressing a lack of confidence in academy officials to address these problems.

It will be interesting to see what conclusions the task force may come to, because, clearly, not just a few bad cadets are responsible for what seems to be broken in the culture of the Coast Guard Academy.

This is the opinion of David Collins.

12:09 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

BRAVO!! David Collins.
This is listed as an opinion, but is contains more facts than some purported news articles on the front pages on many would-be reputable news papers; and, it would not appear to be more editorial than some supposedly news articles.
It is truly refreshing to read such a thoughtful and objective well balance article.
We would love to see more of this.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Chistopher T. Rock said...

...and did you notice that white cadet Miller's page was not spraweled across the net nor was in any of the papers????

Hey, we were all privledged to see what Webster looked like!

I feel deprived!

8:01 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Dear Rock,
Hopefully you will no longer feel deprived after 22 November, when Cadet John K. Miller appears in New London Superior Court to answer to the charges.

Cadet John K. Miller will not be pulled out of class, removed from the Chase Hall barracks, or forced to work at hard labor on the boat docks pending the investigation as Cadet Webster Smith was forced to do by Captain Douglas Wisniewski. Webster Smith was Black. John K. Miller is white. The senior officers making the decisions are all white. John K. Miller will get the benefit of the doubt and every presumption in his favor. His cadet photo will not be plastered all over the newspapers before any charges are filed, as was done to Webster Smith. John K. Miller will get the benefit of the Rape Shield law in reverse. There must be some kind of unwritten Gentlemen’s Agreement operating here. Apparently, Webster Smith was not presumed to be a gentleman. His photo hit the newspapers faster than David French could leave Doug Wisniewski’s office.
As a local writer in Connecticut has expressed, justice this time is the hands of the Connecticut courts.
Moreover, the Academy has already telegraphed what they intend to do with Cadet Miller if they get him back without the civilian jurisdiction taking any punitive action. It has been done in the case of other white cadets. Some of them are children of senior Academy staff officers. Some of them were taken off the witness list in the Webster Smith case precisely because their Dean fathers and officer mothers insisted upon it. They went on to drink again and get tossed out of Exchange Programs at other military academies. There is a recommendation sitting on Admiral Van Sice’s desk right now from West Point that a sweet young thing be disenrolled.
What is being proposed is that Cadet John K. Miller be diverted to a counseling program for underage drinkers who are first time offenders. The Academy intends to pretend that sexual assault never happened. What we have here is a case of underage drinking, not sexual assault upon a civilian female. That is what the future holds for John K. Miller if the Connecticut courts say that this is just another case of Boys-will-be-boys. If the Superior Court of New London does not feel that its young female citizens are worthy of protection then it is open season on the future womanhood of New London. The pool of future husbands at the Academy is too important to the other young girls in the area to vindicate the honor of this one delicate flower. Let one assault go unpunished so that the masses can still have a potential source of bread winners.
Sometimes that is considered the greater good, depending on who is making the decisions. Unfortunately for Webster Smith, there was no moderating voice of reason in the loop. There was a fever running rampant at the Academy. I have seen that fever before in American history.
Time will tell,
Ichbin

1:16 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 007, 19 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge; 03 Days until 22 Nov Court appearance of John K. Miller.

1:20 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 008, 20 Nov, 2006- No report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no word from the Coast Guard Academy Officers in Charge; 02 Days until 22 Nov Court appearance of John K. Miller.

3:48 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

NavyTimes on Nov 21, 2006 reports:
Coast Guard cadet to appear in court on sex assault charge.

By Patricia Kime
Staff writer
Cadet 3rd Class John K. Miller, 19, of Lawrence, Mich., was arrested Nov. 12 by Groton police after they were called to the hotel at 2:30 a.m. on report of an injury.
Police found Miller with a broken nose. He was transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, detective Sgt. John Varone said.
During the subsequent investigation, police determined that a sexual assault had occurred at the hotel and Miller likely was involved, Varone said.
He was charged with third-degree sexual assault, use of force to compel another to submit to sexual contact, and he also was charged with unlawful restraint and breach of peace.
Varone said the alleged victim was not an academy cadet. He added that alcohol was present at the hotel party but declined to say whether Miller was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
Academy officials have launched an investigation into the incident to determine whether Miller or other cadets at the party violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, school spokesman Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dave French said.
Miller, a wide receiver on the academy’s football team, was released on $10,000 bond. He was turned over to Coast Guard authorities and has returned to class, French said.
He has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, 22 November.
The Coast Guard convened a task force to examine behavior and character development at the academy. The panel, made up of active-duty personnel, retired flag officers and civilian employees, is charged with assessing academy culture and reporting its findings to the Coast Guard commandant.
It is expected to report its findings some time after New Year, 2007.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) also has been ordered to examine the academy’s handling of sexual harassment claims under the fiscal 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

6:09 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 009, 21 Nov, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets; 01 Day until 22 Nov Court appearance of John K. Miller.

6:13 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

D-Day for John K. Miller.
01 Day to go until 22 Nov 2006 Court appearance of John K. Miller in New London Superior Court.
The Big Question is who will represent him. Will he appear alone? Has he been assigned a Coast Guard lawyer? Will he appear in uniform? Will the Coast Guard Academy supply non-attorney escorts?
What will happen if his bail is revoked and he is ordered held in custody until a trail can be scheduled?
The Coast Guard Academy, contrary to prior procedure, has not provided tha media with any photographs of the mystery cadet. Will reporters be able to snap pictures of John K. Miller? Will he be spirited into and out of court by a side door to escape public scrutiny?
The world waits.

6:30 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 010, 22 Nov, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets; 00 Day until 22 Nov Court appearance of John K. Miller.

D-Day has come and gone. Cadet John Miller should have made his appearance in court. The Fourth Estate found no news fit to print.
The presses in Gotham were silent. All was quiet on the Eastern Front.

What a contrast to the Webster Smith case, where there was a plethora of News Briefs. Without Webster Smith the Academy Public Information machine has gone mute.

9:08 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 012, 24 Nov, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets.
02 Days after scheduled 22 Nov Court appearance for Cadet John K. Miller.

D-Day has come and gone. Cadet John K. Miller should have made his appearance in court. The Fourth Estate found no news fit to print.
The presses in Gotham were silent. All was quiet on the Eastern Front. Cadet Miller truly had a great Thanksgiving Day with much to be thankful for; first and foremost, that he is of the Caucasian persuasion. Who can his Fairy God Father be? Someone with a lot of juice with the Coast Guard, that is for sure. Where is he from, again? Lawrence, Michigan, did someone say. That is on the Great Lakes, isn't it? That is surely Coast Guard friendly country.

What a contrast to the Webster Smith case, where there was a plethora of News Briefs. Being Black can truly be hazardous to your health and your military career, if you are in the Coast Guard. Without Cadet Webster Smith the Academy Public Information machine has gone mute. Cadet John K. Miller seems to have vanished completely from the Public Information radar.

6:17 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 016, 28 Nov, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets.
06 Days after scheduled 22 Nov Court appearance for Cadet John K. Miller.
The Silence coming out of New London is deafening in the Case of John K. Miller. What possible explanation could there be for such an unnatural phenomena? Did the complaining victum decide not to press charges? Could she be that one in a million who does not want her 15 seconds of fame? Is she holding out for a spot on Jerry Springer, Opra, or Dr. Phil?
Is she somebody's daughter?? Even without her testimony, could the local prosecuting attorney not bring charges in the name of the people of New London? Even if the preliminary hearing were postponed because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, and a later trial date were set, that would not explain why or how such an interesting person as Cadet John K. Miller instantaneously lost all his sex appeal to the news media. This is nothing short of a miracle. Webster Smith had but to walk out of Goose Creek, SC and the presses began to hum and the news rooms begin to gush forth black ink; but John K. Miller virtually disappears and no one thinks that is a magic trick worth reporting.
Harry Houdini and David Copperfield could not have been better illionists.

7:46 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 017, 29 Nov, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets.
07 Days after scheduled 22 Nov Court appearance for Cadet John K. Miller.
The Silence coming out of New London is deafening in the Case of John K. Miller, but not so in the case of Admiral James Van Sice. There is the faint sound of applaus since it was announced this morning that Admiral Van Sice is moving his beer brewing apparatus to Washington, DC. He has been given the boot by Admiral Thad Allen.
Maybe now that Webster Smith is out (of the Brig), and Admiral Van Sice is out (of a job), that Cadet John K. Miller will come out (of seclusion) and face the charges, and face the music.

5:12 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 018, 30 Nov, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets.
08 Days after scheduled 22 Nov Court appearance for Cadet John K. Miller.
The Silence coming out of New London is deafening in the Case of John K. Miller, The Navy Lodge Brawler.

5:08 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 022, 04 Dec, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets.
12 Days after scheduled 22 Nov Court appearance for Cadet John K. Miller.
The Silence coming out of New London is deafening in the Case of John K. Miller, The Navy Lodge Brawler.
Admiral Van Sice could use a press agent like Cadet Miller has. For a man at the top, too much press is bad for business.

7:01 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Sexual assault on 12 Nov 2006 at Navy Lodge Groton, CT.
Day 023, 05 Dec, 2006- No published report of an Investigating Officer being assigned; no List of Parties being investigated; no press releases; no pictures of the alleged perpetrators; no public statement from the Coast Guard Academy Superintendent or Commandant of Cadets.
13 Days after scheduled 22 Nov Court appearance for Cadet John K. Miller.
The Silence coming out of New London is deafening in the Case of John K. Miller, The Navy Lodge Brawler.
Admiral Van Sice could use a press agent like Cadet Miller has. The Academy bosses are meeting. Who's going to take the fall? For the top boss, too much press is bad for business.

1:57 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

It has just been revealed that
Cadet John K. Miller - a member of the academy football team - was in Superior Court in New London for the first time on Monday, December 4th, wearing a jacket and tie. He was not in his Coast Guard cadet uniform. He spoke with a judge for a moment, just long enough to have another appearance set: a Jan. 8 pretrial hearing.

3:05 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

CG Cadet Runs Afoul Of The Law
In drunken state, he broke into a house.
By Megan Bard
Published on 12/18/2006
New London — In the early morning hours of Oct. 29, Cathi Strother said she and her husband, Lou, heard pounding at their back door.
When Lou Strother looked outside at 2 a.m., he saw an intoxicated man violently kicking at the door knob and trying to force his way into the house. His wife called police.

As Lou Strother continued to holler at the intruder, the man shouted back that he was supposed to be there. He broke a pane of glass, chipped the remnants away with his elbow, reached through and unlocked the door. He came inside.

By this time Cathi Strother was frantic on the phone with the police dispatcher as her husband continued to yell at the young man. In an instant, Coast Guard Academy Cadet Steve Schimmel, 21, looked at him, said “Yes, sir” and sat down on their floor.

As he sat on the floor with his arm bleeding, Schimmel apologized to the Strothers and he took out a credit card. He offered to pay for the damages and asked them not to call the police.

It was too late.

New London police charged Schimmel with second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace. He has appeared twice in New London Superior Court and is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 6.

Despite the terror that Cathi Strother said she and her husband, a Day employee, endured that morning, the couple did not want Schimmel to be severely punished.

“He's 21 years old. I don't want his whole life over with,” Cathi Strother said Sunday evening.

Community service or being accepted into the state's accelerated rehabilitation program were acceptable punishments for Schimmel, she said.

The couple just wanted to be reimbursed the $1,074 it cost them to replace the broken screen and back door, the damaged door knob and lock.

The couple was angry when they received a check for $100 to cover the costs and heard Friday that Schimmel had been advised by his attorney, John M. Newson of Norwich, not to pay restitution. They returned the check.

Cathi Strother said a representative from the Coast Guard Academy had asked her not to go public with her story because of the negative publicity the academy has had over the past year, which included cadet Webster Smith being court-martialed for the sexual assault of a classmate.

Cathi Strother said she responded that “we as the victims have been silent long enough.”

She said on Friday that an academy official told her that Newson had told Schimmel to let the courts determine how much the couple should be paid.

When reached Sunday evening at the academy, Schimmel referred all comments to Newson.

Sunday evening Newson said Schimmel expects to reimburse the Strothers for the damage he caused and that he never advised him to do otherwise. Newson said the $100 check was based on a police report that detailed damages to the Strother's property.

Once Newson found out that report was inaccurate, he sent the Strothers a letter apologizing if he insulted them. He also asked the Strothers to be patient and give Schimmel time to acquire the money needed to pay them. Newson said Schimmel is responsible for paying his attorneys fees, court fees and restitution to the property owners.

“This is a young man who because of consuming an excessive amount of alcohol did something that he regrets more than anyone can imagine,” Newson said, adding that Schimmel does not remember portions of the night before or during the break-in. “He in no way is making light of what he did. He knows that this could jeopardize his career in the Coast Guard.”

In addition to his civilian legal troubles, Schimmel is also awaiting a decision from academy Superintendent James C. Van Sice on his future in the Coast Guard, according to Chief Warrant Officer David M. French, the academy's public affairs officer.

He said Schimmel is the subject of a recently completed administrative investigation related to charges that he violated cadet regulations. If Schimmel violated any of the regulations, his punishment could be as severe as being thrown out of the academy.

French said Sunday evening that Van Sice's decision is expected as soon as this week.

French said that the administrative investigation is separate from any charges that Schimmel faces in New London Superior Court. French said he did not know what sections of the cadet regulations Schimmel may have violated.

Cathi Strother said she'll now wait to hear about Schimmel's fate at the academy and in the court.

“I live very close to the academy and up until that night I felt very secure knowing that the Coast Guard was right there. I also loved hearing revelry every morning, a source of pride for me,” Cathi Strother wrote in an e-mail to The Day. “Well now, here we sit in the shadow of an Academy and waiting patiently for a reimbursement check, and a written apology from the Cadet, not his attorney. How can you teach a cadet to be a man, if you don't have him ask responsibly for mistakes he made.”

“Everyone deserves a second chance ... if this is the first time he's every been in trouble, give him some sort community services, but just pay me for my door. It's not like we did everything wrong, we're the victim not him,” she said.

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Blogger ichbinalj said...

22 Jul 2008. Two Coast Guard Academy cadets were arrested Sunday morning after a domestic squabble outside a strip club, police said.
The third-year cadets, Leanna R. Minton and Keenan Prather, were held overnight and presented in New London Superior Court on Monday. They were released after prosecutor Peter A. McShane said the state would not be prosecuting the case.
Police said the pair were involved around 3:30 a.m. in a “domestic dispute” in the parking lot of the Gold Club on Route 12, police said.
Minton, 21, had been charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace. Prather, 21, was charged with breach of peace.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Doss said the students have not been suspended or expelled.
Doss said the strip club was not on a list that restricts where cadets can go. He also said that juniors and seniors are allowed to date within their own class. The Coast Guard, he said, would conduct its own internal investigation.
”Anytime anybody gets in trouble off base they are subject to punishment on the military side of things,” said Doss.

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