A former sailor placed a 14-year-old girl in his vehicle’s trunk two years ago before driving onto a Chesapeake naval base and sexually assaulting her, according to court documents.
Jacob Earl Gillmore, 38, pleaded guilty last week to one count of felony sexual abuse. He is set to be sentenced Oct. 17 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
The court documents said Gillmore molested the girl either Saturday, July 8, 2017, or Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, on St. Juliens Creek Annex, a U.S. naval support facility in Chesapeake. Gillmore worked there for Naval Warfare Systems Command.
The girl couldn’t recall the exact date of the abuse when she spoke several months later with investigators. She remembered multiple details, though.
The girl said Gillmore took her out for breakfast before sneaking her onto the base in his trunk. There, she watched Netflix on a blue Yoga mat while he worked.
On two occasions, however, Gillmore stopped working, turned off the lights and lay down next to the girl.
The girl told Chesapeake police she didn’t want to have sex with Gillmore but acquiesced because she feared for her safety. She said she had seen Gillmore hit a female on at least one occasion.
In June 2018, Chesapeake police notified Naval Criminal Investigative Service about the incident. Investigators confirmed various details of the girl’s story, including the presence of a blue yoga mat at Gillmore’s office.
Multiple family members of the girl told investigators she had told them about Gillmore sneaking her on the base and molesting her.
“He is extremely remorseful for his behavior,” defense attorney George Yates said.
Gillmore is a former Petty Officer 1st Class who worked for the Navy as an information systems technician, according to the Navy. He left the Navy in 2010 after 11 years.
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