Former civilian contractor gets prison in sex case

January 29, 2010 1:55:58 PM PST
David Charles Breda Jr., 35, a Pearland resident, has been sentenced to prison for abusive sexual contact of a co-worker at Camp Al Asad Airbase in Iraq, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. United States District Judge Gray Miller sentenced Breda today to 24 months in federal prison, the maximum penalty. Breda has also been ordered to register as a sex offender and will serve a lifetime term of supervised release. A hearing to determine the amount of restitution to be paid by Breda is set for April 16, 2010. Breda pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 14, 2009.

At his re-arraignment hearing on Oct. 16, 2009, Breda admitted that on Oct. 8, 2008, while employed as a civilian defense contractor by a subsidiary of Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), he had non-consensual sexual contact with 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 contact 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. He 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 had 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.

In custody without bond since his arrest in July 2009, Breda will remain in custody to serve his sentence.