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Court Martial of Jeremy Goulet Following Alleged Rapes Was Dropped

February 28, 2013

Jason Hoppin, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Calif.

Alleged Santa Cruz cop killer Jeremy Goulet was accused of raping two Hawaii women six years ago, the Honolulu Star-Advertister reported this morning.

The story cited Goulet's former defense attorney, who said he represented Goulet in two court martials. Don Wilkerson told the newspaper the military dropped the charges in exchange for a discharge other than honorable.

"He was here in Hawaii about one week or less before he was accused of the first rape," Wilkerson told the paper.

Army records confirm that Goulet was stationed in Hawaii in 2006. Military officials have not divulged further information, including the reasons for Goulet's discharge, citing privacy reasons.

The incident adds to a growing number of run-ins with the law by Goulet. Despite a litany of warning signs, Goulet managed to escape serious punishment and has never been convicted of more than a misdemeanor.

In 1999 and 2000, Goulet was cited in "peeping tom" cases in San Diego, where he was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve.

After his 2007 discharge, Goulet was accused in Portland of peeping into the window of a 22-year-old woman. That incident led to a melee with the woman's boyfriend in which a gun was discharged and serious charges against Goulet, including attempted murder.

But a Portland jury cleared Goulet -- who was badly beaten in the fight -- of all felonies.

Recently, Goulet pleaded guilty to another

peeping case in Berkeley, agreeing last August to spend 20 days in jail. He then made his way to Santa Cruz, where a co-worker at a harbor area coffee shop leveled assault allegations at Goulet.

It was during a follow-up investigation that Goulet allegedly shot and killed two Santa Cruz police detectives.

Furthermore, during more than a decade of military service, Goulet was never sent to a war zone. He was once enrolled in officer candidate school, but was disenrolled for unknown reasons.



Source: (c)2013 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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