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Navy commander pleads not guilty to molestation charges in San Diego

June 13, 2011 |  6:28 pm

A Navy commander pleaded not guilty Monday in San Diego County Superior Court to 14 charges of child molestation.

Cmdr. Brett Wagner, 40, is charged with molesting a girl repeatedly between 1997 and 2004 in San Diego and Monterey, Calif., where he apparently was stationed. He was extradited from Pascagoula, Miss., where he is stationed, to stand trial.

Wagner, listed on jail records as 6 feet 7 and 280 pounds, is being held in lieu of $1.2-million bail. If convicted on all counts, he could face 30 years in prison, according to prosecutors.


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