Man pleads not guilty in Calif. medals case

AP News
Posted: Nov 12, 2009 2:48 PM

A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to unauthorized wearing of the Navy's highest medal and other military awards.

Thirty-nine-year-old Steven Burton entered his plea Thursday to the misdemeanor charge in U.S. District Court in Riverside.

Prosecutors say Burton, who was never in the military, was photographed wearing a Marine Corps uniform displaying the Navy Cross along with a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other medals.

A Navy commander attending her high school reunion noticed Burton and contacted the FBI.

Burton is free on $10,000 bond and must return to court for a Dec. 21 hearing.