27 January 2011

AP reports U.S. Air Force court-martial convicts a Chief Master Sgt of numerous counts of sexual misconduct

The Associated Press reports in this San Diego Union Tribune article that U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant William Gurney - a 27 year Air Force veteran - was found guilty by a six member court-martial panel of two counts of sexual misconduct. He was acquitted on three counts. On Monday, Gurney had pleaded guilty to 13 counts of sexual misconduct and adultery.

Gurney had previously served as the senior enlisted man at the Air Force Materiel Command which is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He was defended by detailed military defense counsel in a general court-martial held at Scott Air Force Base in Ill. The military judge dismissed an obstruction of justice charge on the grounds that the Government failed to state a claim.

A sentence of 16 and half years imprisonment and a possible dishonorable discharge is what Gurney could receive when he is sentenced tomorrow.

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