Affidavit: Servicemen from Lackland allegedly assaulted woman in San Marcos park
A woman who accused a group of U.S. Navy servicemen of sexual assault last year told San Marcos police the incident occurred in the bed of a pickup at a park, an affidavit said.
The assault was initially reported at about 10 p.m. on May 19, 2018, at Rio Vista Park, 555 Cheatham St., according to a San Marcos Police Department incident report.
When officers arrived, a woman said that she was sexually assaulted in the bed of a truck by six men. Police said the woman was unwilling to fully cooperate and did not want to pursue criminal charges that night.
The next day, she met with San Marcos police and decided to press charges.
On Friday, five suspects were arrested at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland: Anthony Cooney, 21 of Butte, Montana; Kyle Tuschmann, 19 of Colts Neck, New Jersey; Dominick Burns, 20 of Spring, Texas; Mauricio Chaparro, 28 of Mamaroneck, New York; and Kenneth Johnson, 20 of Stockton, California.
They were each charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault, with bail totaling $500,000 each. The suspects were extradited Tuesday to the Hays County Jail, according to court records.
The incident report identifies the five men, but the name of a sixth suspect was redacted. Police have not said if they are looking for that suspect.
San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said in a statement that the Hays County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury and the men were indicted, leading to their Friday arrest.
He added that the department is unable to comment on the incident because it is a pending case.
Commander James Stockman, Naval Education and Training Command spokesperson, said in a statement that all five sailors were students at Naval Technical Training Center at Lackland.
Cooney and Chaparro are Master-at-Arms seamen, while Burns, Johnson, and Tuschmann are Master-at-Arms apprentices, a form of military police.
Stockman said the Navy is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
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