PORT ORCHARD - A doctor who is being expelled from the Navy was charged by Kitsap County prosecutors Thursday with failing to register as a sex offender, according to attorneys familiar with the case.
Anthony L. Velasquez, 48, was arrested Monday at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor by Kitsap County Sheriff's Office detectives and booked into the Kitsap County jail on $25,000 bail. He posted bond early Tuesday morning and was released, said Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff's spokesman.
The sheriff's office investigated after being contacted by Naval Criminal Investigative Service about the possible violation, Wilson said.
State law requires people convicted of certain sex crimes to register as sex offenders within three days of arriving in a new state.
But Velasquez, who arrived in Kitsap County in early July, was convicted in a court martial at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan and it was unclear at first if his conviction required registration, lawyers involved in the case say.
The lieutenant commander pleaded guilty to two counts of wrongful sexual contact with patients and two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer in May, serving seven days in a Yokosuka brig, according to Stars and Stripes newspaper. He was sentenced to two years in prison, a $28,000 fine and forfeiture of all pay and allowances, but those punishments will be waived if he doesn't commit a crime in the next year, the publication said.
His medical credentials have been suspended and will be reviewed by civilian authorities, according to the Stars and Stripes story.
Russ Hauge, Kitsap County prosecutor, said his office reviewed whether Velasquez's conviction required him to register by comparing the military statute he pleaded guilty to with Washington's statute. The office found the likeliest match was felony indecent liberties ó a crime requiring registration.
Thomas Weaver, Velasquez's lawyer, said his client was headed to Kentucky to live, and that he was to register when he arrived there. Velasquez is in Kitsap while transitioning out of the Navy, according to Stars and Stripes.
For now, Weaver said Velasquez will have to stay in Kitsap to face charges.
Weaver added that Velasquez was going to register with the sheriff's office Thursday.