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Navy Instructor Admits Abusing Kid

April 20, 2001

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) _ A U.S. Navy officer, serving as an exchange math instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, pleaded guilty in military court to sodomizing a 7-year-old girl.

Lt. Cmdr. Mark L. Stone had been charged with forcible sodomy, assault and indecent acts or liberties with a child in connection with incidents that took place at Stone’s West Point home between March and June 2000.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to sodomy with a minor under 12, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman and acts contrary to good order and discipline. Stone will be sentenced to seven years at the Leavenworth military prison, Kansas.

Stone is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and a 17-year career Navy officer.

By pretrial plea agreement, charges of unlawful touching and indecent acts involving three other children were dropped.

Stone was also discharged from the Navy and his base monthly pay of $4,935 will go to his wife for six months, then end.

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