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1st lt. among four convicted of sex offenses in Oct.

Nov. 21, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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An officer at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., was sentenced to five months and dismissal for wrongful sexual contact of two female airmen and for streaming a pornographic video of himself online.

First Lt. Michael Labrie was convicted at an Oct. 2 court-martial of maltreatment, wrongful sexual contact, assault, conduct unbecoming of an officer, attempted fraternization and fraternization, the Air Force said.

Labrie was trying to earn money when he streamed the video of himself with a civilian woman on the Internet, according to a synopsis provided by the Air Force. Labrie also fraternized with several female enlisted airmen, one of whom he sexually harassed. He assaulted a second woman, an officer, the service said.

Labrie was one of four airmen convicted of sex offenses in October and the only officer, according to information provided by the Air Force. The other cases:

■ Airman 1st Class Kelly Schmidt, of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., was sentenced Oct. 3 to two years’ confinement, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge for aggravated sexual assault of a civilian.

Schmidt was acquitted of two specifications of aggravated sexual assault. According to the Air Force, Schmidt digitally penetrated the victim while she was sleeping at the home of another airman.

■ Senior Airman Courtney Waddell of Tinker Air Force Base, was sentenced Oct. 18 to two months’ restriction to base, forfeiture of $200 a month for five months, reduction to E-1, a reprimand and a bad conduct discharge for sexually assaulting a civilian in the Air Force’s delayed entry program.

The victim was celebrating her 21st birthday with a group of friends who included Waddell, whom she had previously dated, the Air Force said. The woman said she remembered waking up later in the night to find Waddell having sex with her.

■ Airman 1st Class Brandon Cutrer of Altus Air Force Base, Okla., was sentenced Oct. 22 to three years’ confinement, forfeiture of pay and allowances, reduction to E-1 and a dishonorable discharge for sexually assaulting a female airman.

Cutrer sexually assaulted the victim, with whom he’d had a prior relationship, while she was sleeping, the Air Force said.

The Air Force began publishing sexual assault convictions in August after the military came under fire from lawmakers and victim advocacy groups for not taking the crime seriously enough.

The October list also included a case from late September and one from early November:

■ Airman 1st Class Joseph Gallegos of Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., was sentenced Nov. 2 to seven years’ confinement and reduction to airman basic for the sexual assault and abusive sexual contact of a fellow airman.

According to the Air Force, the victim went to Gallegos’ dorm room to lie down after going out for dinner and drinks with Gallegos and several other airmen. The woman said she awoke in clothes that didn’t belong to her. She said she remembered that Gallegos had been on top of her but she couldn’t respond because she was so intoxicated. Gallegos called the woman later and said they’d had sex.

■ Airman 1st Class Matthew Ginn of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, was sentenced Sept. 28 to six months’ confinement, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge for sexual assault, assault and dereliction of duty involving a fellow airman.

Ginn, the underage victim and other airmen were drinking in Ginn’s dorm room when the victim passed out on the floor, the Air Force said. Though the victim had no memory of the night, Ginn admitted to her that he had digitally penetrated her.

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