Friday Nov 14 2008
Marine recruiter pleads no contest to four charges, one dismissed
By: Brandon Darnell
Victor Sanchez-Millan, the Marine recruiter accused in September of having sex with a 17-year-old Lincoln High School student, has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor and two felony charges in return for the dropping of one felony charge, according to Sacramento County Court records. “That was my offer,” said Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Caryn Dubke Friday. The deal was made Oct. 30, and Sanchez-Millan is scheduled to appear in the courthouse in downtown Sacramento at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 for sentencing, Dubke said. The charges Sanchez-Millan pleaded no contest to are two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor, according to court records. The charge that was dismissed was one count of penetration by a foreign object. “It’s an ongoing case, so I can’t comment on it,” Dubke said adding, the district attorney’s office “will likely issue a press release after his sentencing,” when much more information will be available. Monica Lynch, Sanchez-Millan’s attorney, refused to comment this week, directing all inquiries to court records. The victim’s father told the Lincoln News Messenger Monday that he will not feel any sense of closure until Sanchez-Millan has been sentenced. The Placer County District Attorney, handling similar charges against Sanchez-Millan, referred inquiries to the Judge Advocate General for the Navy and Marine Corps. “As far as we’re concerned, he is no longer a Marine,” said Lt. Jill Leyden, public affairs officer for the 12th Marine Corps District on Wednesday. Sanchez-Millan was not dishonorably discharged, Leyden said, as that only comes after a court martial decision. Sanchez-Millan was dismissed in an administrative decision, and Leyden said he is no longer affiliated with the United States Marine Corps. Sanchez-Millan met the 17-year-old girl at a job fair at Lincoln High School, Lincoln Police Lt. Paul Shelgren told the News Messenger when Sanchez-Millan was arrested Aug. 20. The charges centered around allegations that Sanchez-Millan initiated a sexual relationship, signing the student out of class, according to prior news reports.