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SFS Airman found guilty at general court-martial

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- On Jan. 13, a general court-martial was held to hear the case of an airman first class from the 21st Security Forces Squadron accused of using the internet to attempt to induce an individual under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity in violation of 18 USC 2422(b) and attempted sexual assault of an individual who had attained the age of 12 but had not yet attained the age of 16, in violation of Article 120(b), UCMJ.

The charges were a result of the Airman's attempt to set up a meeting with a 13 year-old girl at a local coffee house. Upon arriving to meet the girl the Airman was arrested and learned that the 13 year-old was actually an undercover Colorado Springs Police Department detective.

The Airman pled not guilty to both charges. After a day of hearing evidence, a military judge found the Airman not guilty of attempted sexual assault of a minor, but guilty of the attempt to induce someone under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity. The Airman was found to have attempted to solicit a minor over Facebook to have sex.

The military judge sentenced the Airman to be reduced in rank to E-1, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to be confined for 13 months and to be separated from the service with a bad conduct discharge.

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