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July 10, 2009


(HOUSTON) – A civilian defense contractor has been arrested following the return of a federal indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. David Charles Breda Jr., 34, of Pearland, was arrested yesterday by agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) at a Houston area barber college. The indictment, returned under seal on June 25, 2009, was unsealed following Breda’s arrest.

Breda made his initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith. A detention hearing has been set for July 15 at 10 a.m. in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley.

According to the allegations in the indictment on Oct. 8, 2008, Breda, a civilian defense contractor employed by a subsidiary of Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), sexually assaulted a woman at Camp Al Asad, an airbase in Iraq. In situations where a civilian is employed by or accompanying the Armed Forces outside the United States and allegedly commits what would be a federal crime, federal law allows for the prosecution of that individual to be brought in the federal district where the defendant last resided. At the time Breda left for Iraq, he was living in Pearland. 

After the incident was reported, Breda was confined on the base and ultimately returned to the Houston area. He is no longer employed by KBR’s subsidiary.

Breda faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment if convicted of abusive sexual contact, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to a life term of supervised release to follow any prison term imposed during which he would be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender and Registration Notification Act (SORNA).

The federal charges brought against Breda are the result of an investigation conducted by NCIS agents assigned to their Corpus Christi office and in Iraq. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.




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