Monday, February 1, 2010

Contractor sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for rape attempt in Iraq

An Iraq contractor was sentenced to 2 years in prison for the sexual assault of a woman there in the fall of 2008. 34 year old David Charles Breda was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment and lifetime supervision Friday in a Houston federal courtroom by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller. Breda, who previously worked as a recriuter, was disciplined for an inappropriate relatinship with a 18 year old woman.

Prosecutors said Breda tried to rape the woman, another veteran who was hired on as a contractor, but stopped when she began crying, according to court records. Documents relating to Breda's plea agreement show that Breda threw himself on top of the woman and fondled her in October 2008 at Camp Al Asad, Iraq, where he worked for a subsidiary of Houston-based KBR Inc.

KBR spokeswoman Heather Browne said that "KBR in no way condones or tolerates illegal or unethical behavior. The safety and security of our employees and those we serve remains KBR's top priority. Our commitment in this regard is unwavering."

Breda's lawyer, Roderick White, took issue with the lifetime supervision for his client, saying that 'If he gets lifetime supervision for this, what do we reserve for our most serious offenders? There was no penetration."

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