A Guyana Defence Force lieutenant who was charged two years ago with sodomy and child molestation in the United States has returned to Guyana after the charges against him were dropped, but his legal troubles may be far from over.
Lieutenant Marvin Douglas is now in the custody of the GDF under open arrest. He is expected to face desertion charges after he failed to return to Guyana at the time he was told to do so.
The young officer was charged with sodomy and child molestation in August, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri after he allegedly had sex with a teenage girl while on a military training programme.
He was initially placed on US$50,000 bond and reports at the time indicated that a settlement in the case was being examined as the parties involved agreed that the case would not go to trial.
The prosecution in the case eventually entered a “Nolle Prosequi” which meant that they were no longer willing to continue with the case because of a lack of evidence. The Guyana Embassy in Washington D.C paid close attention to the case.
The embassy had dispatched staff members to Missouri to follow the case and speak to the army officer. The lieutenant was released from custody and ordered to return to Guyana. He did not follow those orders and spent two years in the United States.
The Lieutenant had only been in the United States for two months when he was charged in the case.