Navy Deserter Flown to U.S. to Face Charges
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ A U.S. Navy deserter has been deported to the United States, the government said Wednesday.
Defense Minister Kim Beazley signed a warrant returning the sailor to U.S. custody and Edward Lamotte, 22, flew Tuesday to his Norfolk, Va.,-based unit for resolution of the case, a spokesman for Australia’s Defense Department said.
The U.S. Embassy said police in Scotland and Virginia also wanted to question the Missouri-born Lamotte about more than $25,000 in worthless checks.
Lamotte, who holds dual American and British citizenship, claims he was virtually ″press-ganged″ into the Navy in 1985 after a heavy drinking session with a recruiting officer in Scotland.
The embassy said Lamotte’s claim that he joined up involuntarily will be given ″serious consideration.″
Lamotte was arrested April 23, about one month after he arrived in Australia to be reunited with his fiancee.