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Soldier convicted of rape of teen half-sister

May 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A teenage victim of sexual assault speaks out, facing her abuser in court. The soldier who escaped Army custody last year after being arrested in the sexual assault of a teenage girl is headed to prison. But first, the victim had her chance to speak out, sharing her suffering.

In the courtroom Friday the judge wouldn't allow any video to be shot of the sentencing but did allow still photos.

They show 21-year-old Daniel Brazelton, who is accused of having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl in 2009. That victim, who is Brazelton's half-sister, addressed the court, describing how the attack has affected her life.

Jaymee Doza, now 16, is going public with her story with the permission of her legal guardians and her attorney.

"I do it because the truth needs to be known," said Doza. "He cannot go -- no one who has sexually abused anyone can go just walk through life without meeting the courtroom and meeting justice. It's not OK."

Brazelton was a private in the U.S. Army when he allegedly sexually assaulted Doza.

After being arrested by military police in Georgia, Brazelton escaped and was the subject of a national manhunt. Officials feared he would head back to the Antelope Valley where he grew up and where Doza was living.

"During this week, Jaymee and her family lived in great fear that Brazelton might return to their area and might inflict harm upon them since he was an expert marksman and had bragged on his Facebook page, 'Getting my silencer next week, hopefully,'" said Gloria Allred, Doza's attorney.

Brazelton was arrested a week later in Florida. As part of a plea deal in the case, he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. He was sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison and must register as a sex offender for life.

"I go on to help others who have been through what I have been through to strengthen them and help them, because how are they going to be able to do it with nobody supporting them?" said Doza.

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