GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ A military jury in Connecticut has convicted a Navy sailor of raping a female colleague in March at his home near the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.

The jury in the general court-martial of 26-year-old Jeramie Martin Hutchinson of Sebastopol, Calif., found him guilty of rape Wednesday after deliberating for about two hours at the submarine base. He is to be sentenced Thursday and faces up to life in prison.

The Day of New London reports that Hutchinson was acquitted of two other counts of sexual assault.
Authorities say Hutchinson met the 22-year-old victim online two years ago and they met in person earlier this year after she was assigned to Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island.

Hutchinson’s defense pointed to evidence that the encounter was consensual.


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