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Oct. 16, 2009

PEARLAND RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSIVE SEXUAL CONTACT OF FELLOW EMPLOYEE IN IRAQ

(HOUSTON) - David Charles Breda Jr., of Pearland, has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a co-worker while at an airbase in Iraq, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Breda pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Gray Miller to the sole count in a criminal information filed on Oct. 14, 2009, this afternoon. Breda faces a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 at sentencing which Judge Miller has set for Jan. 15, 2010. In addition to any prison term, Breda also faces a maximum of life on supervised release and could be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender and Registration Notification Act.

At today’s hearing, Breda, a civilian defense contractor employed by a subsidiary of Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), admitted that on Oct. 8, 2008, he sexually assaulted a co-worker 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 commits what would be a federal crime, federal law allows for the prosecution of that individual in the district where he last lived. At the time Breda left for Iraq, he was living in Pearland. 

The victim and Breda both worked in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, mostly in the gym facilities, at the time of the offense. The sexual assault occurred when Breda volunteered to assist the victim move a mattress from her old living quarters to her new living quarters. Breda pushed her onto the bed and grabbed one of her hands while pulling her shirt out of her pants. He slid his hand up under her bra and rubbed and kissed her breasts against her will, and attempted to unbuckle his pants and tried to get inside the victim’s pants. Throughout the incident, Breda was grinding his groin into the victim’s body. Prior to the incident, while at work, Breda made lewd comments to the victim.  

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 was formerly an Army recruiter who was sanctioned for inappropriate sexual behavior with an 18-year-old female recruit, according to the testimony adduced during a detention hearing. 

Breda has been in federal custody since July 2009 after United States Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley found Breda presented a danger to the community if released. He will remain in federal custody pending sentencing.

The federal charges brought against Breda are the result of an investigation conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Corpus Christi office and in Iraq. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack

 

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