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Five airmen convicted of sex assault in Sept.

Nov. 13, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Five airmen accused of sexual misconduct were convicted at courts-martial in September, according to the Air Force, which began publishing the convictions in August.

Sentences ranged from no jail time to five years in prison.

Three received discharges as part of their sentences, although all could see an end to their military careers.

The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires automatic discharge proceedings for any service member found to have committed or attempted to commit rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact or forcible sodomy.

The Air Force can also discharge anyone who uses his or her position of authority to engage in a sexual relationship.

The cases include:

■Staff Sgt. John Caselton of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, convicted of wrongful sexual contact of a female airman he supervised.

Caselton followed the airman into her room, where he engaged in the contact after she passed out, the Air Force reported. He was sentenced Sept. 26 to reduction to E-4 and a reprimand.

■Airman 1st Class Sergio Rosales of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, convicted Sept. 20 of communicating a threat and the attempted rape and battery of his wife. He was sentenced to five years confinement, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.

■Senior Airman Jeffrey Brown Jr. of Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., convicted Sept. 5 of sexual assault and abusive sexual contact of a male airman. He was sentenced to one year confinement, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to E-1 and forfeiture of pay and allowances.

■Senior Airman Patrick Leonard of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., convicted Sept. 20 of abusive sexual contact and attempted sexual assault of a woman at an off-base house party in August 2012. He was sentenced to reduction to E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

■Senior Master Sgt. Martin Massey of Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., convicted Sept. 19 of abusive sexual contact and indecent viewing of a female relative. The victim reported the abuse had begun two years earlier. Massey was sentenced to five years in prison and reduction to E-1.

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