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Ex-navy man on sex charge.

A RETIRED US Navy serviceman who worked as a private contractor in Bahrain has been accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl.

Darryl Gordon has been charged with second-degree sexual assault, according to a report in the weekly American newspaper the Press Argus-Courier.

It states the 45-year-old, from Van Buren, Arkansas, allegedly raped the girl once and also forced her to engage in sexual activity on numerous occasions.

This allegedly happened until 2003 before he left the US for Iraq.

Mr Gordon has denied all the charges against him during a hearing at Crawford County Circuit Court through his lawyer David Dunagin.

However, the newspaper says documents provided by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) claimed Mr Gordon admitted watching pornographic videotapes with his alleged victim.

He is also said to have told investigators that he had no recollection of having sex with the girl.

A statement released by the US Marshals Service confirmed he was facing 10 counts of second-degree sexual assault.

"Gordon was working as a civilian contractor for the military in Bahrain when Crawford County issued the warrant," it said.

"He was informed of the warrant by NCIS agents and resigned shortly thereafter.

"Gordon then boarded a military plane bound for the United States and was officially taken into custody without incident upon arrival in Norfolk, Virginia."

A number of articles were said to have been seized from Mr Gordon's home in Bahrain, including a desktop computer, numerous CDs, DVDs, floppy disks and two VHS cassette tapes as part of the case.

Each count of second-degree sexual assault is described as a "B felony" by the Times Record newspaper, which it said carried a possible jail term of five to 20 years and a fine of up to $15,000 (BD5,670).

US Navy officials in Bahrain yesterday declined to comment on the case.

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Date:May 4, 2008
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